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Meet Dr. Tameka Cage Conley, Youth Playwriting Workshop Facilitator

Meet Dr. Tameka Cage Conley, lead teaching artist for the August Wilson Education Project's 6- Week Youth Playwriting Workshop!  Dr. Conley has created a workshop for Pittsburgh area high school students (9th-12th grades) to learn about voice, place, monologue, and other playwriting elements as they explore the spirit, legacy, and themes of August Wilson's plays. The free workshops will be held on Saturdays from 3-5 PM at WQED, starting January 17th.  Dr. Conley will be joined by other local artists and theater professionals in presenting this unique learning opportunity.  Writing supplies and snacks will be provided each week.

**The Youth Playwriting Workshop is now closed to registrations.*

"The invitation to take part in this project represents a full circle moment for me as a literary artist in the city of Pittsburgh," Dr. Conley says. "In 2010, I received the August Wilson fellowship in literary arts. No one really knew I was an artist until that point, so directing these workshops on the legacy of the great visionary and icon that is August Wilson is a highpoint in my career as a playwright and artist. I am grateful beyond measure and hold this distinguished honor with the same degree of gratitude and appreciation that I hold Wilson's extraordinary ten-play cycle."

About Dr. Tameka Cage Conley...
Tameka Cage Conley, PhD, is a literary artist who writes poetry, fiction, and plays. She received the doctoral degree in English in 2006 from Louisiana State University, where she was a recipient of the Huel Perkins Doctoral Fellowship.  In 2010, she received the August Wilson Center Fellowship in literary arts. Her first play, Testimony, was produced at the Center in May 2011. An excerpt of the play is published in the anthology 24 Gun Control Plays and has been performed in Los Angeles and the Darlinghurst Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia.  Her poems are published in Callaloo, The Portable Boog Reader, African American Review, Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, and a special online feature of the Southeast Review in response to the Ferguson protests that spread across the nation. An excerpt of her novel-in-progress, This Far, By Grace, is also published in Huizache.  She has received writing fellowships from Cave Canem, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writers Conference and Workshops.  In October 2013, she received the Eben Demarest Trust grant, awarded annually to an artist or archaeologist, to support the completion of her novel-in-progress. Last month, her poem "Losing" was chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book as one of four featured poems for the Public Poetry Project in 2015. 
photo credit: Mario Epanya

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