LYDIA R. DIAMOND (Playwright) Award-winning plays include Smart People, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside, and Stage Black. She has worked with Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One Theatre, Congo Square, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Jubilee, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, Lorraine Hansberry, McCarter, Mo’Olelo, MPAACT, New Vic, Playmakers Rep, Plowshares, Second Stage, Steppenwolf, and TrueColors. Commissions include Arena Stage, Steppenwolf, McCarter, Huntington Theatre Company, Center Stage, Victory Gardens, and The Roundabout. A recipient of many playwriting awards, she was also an 2005/2006 W.E.B. Du Bois Institute non-resident Fellow, a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, a 2006/2007 Huntington Playwright Fellow, a 2012 Sundance Institute Playwright Lab Creative Advisor, a 2012/2013 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, and the 2013/2014 Playwright in Residence at Arena Stage. She is a Northwestern University graduate and has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Pine Manor College.