Denise J. Hart

Welcome to my online home

I'm Denise J. Hart, a playwright/director/dramaturge, raised in the midwest, and now located in Washington DC. I'm a bit of a globe trotter and that means I'll work pretty much anywhere a story takes me!

I have over 25 years of professional and academic experience in the performing arts. Ten years ago I founded the playwriting program at Howard University where I currently teach.

On my site you'll find links to my playwriting, dramaturgy, directing and media coach projects. I'm available for commissioned playwriting, directing and dramaturgy projects.

As a playwright, my research/creative work focuses on the African American experience and explores the intersection of race, class and identity and its impact on memory, personal integrity and family. My scholarship is driven by a commitment to document and preserve under researched narratives in the history of black theatre, particularly black playwrights.

Down below is what's "Up Next for Denise"! There you can find out more about the projects I'm currently working on and where I'll show up next in the world. Hey, you never know, maybe we'll bump into each other!

Cheers, Denise Joy

Director, Stick FlyPhotos by Rose Glenn

Research/Creative Work

    • Anthology with co-editor, Dr. Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, based on the work of award winning playwright, Lydia Diamond - Staging Lydia: Contextualizing the African American experience through the lens of Art and Scholarship

Grant Research in Progress

    • 2021 - Arkansas State Archives research to support submission of NEH grant.

Field and Archival Research


  • Advanced TV Drama Pilot Lab with Aly Feltes, Co-Executive Producer of Netflix hit drama series Ozark. Classes held at Script Anatomy, Los Angeles.
  • Structure Lab with Kevin Townsley. Classes held at Script Anatomy, Los Angeles.
  • TV Pilot writing with Zach Ayers, writer on BET's American Soul. Classes held through Script Anatomy, Los Angeles.

Works in Progress

New Play Development

Commissioned Playwright: Plowshares Theatre Company, producing Artistic Director, Gary Anderson

New play: The Race Card - When Cheryl, a Black woman professor teaching at a PWI in the racist bastion of the Ivory Tower, is denied tenure by her all white review panel, she resolves to get her denial overturned. But her life gets even more complicated when a woman connects with Cheryl via facebook claiming to be her sister and Cheryl's obsession with other people’s identity sky rockets. .

Director, Spunk written by George C. Wolfe
Rehearsal, Nothing to Lose written by Denise J. Hart
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