About Angelica

 Photo cred:  B.W. Banks                                                                                        

Photo cred: B.W. Banks                                                                                       

 

Angelica Chéri is a playwright, musical theatre bookwriter/lyricist, screenwriter and poet. The plays of her “Prophet’s Cycle Trilogy” include The Seeds of Abraham (Signature Theatre, Billie Holiday Theatre, mentored by Lynn Nottage), The Sting of White Roses (North Carolina Black Repertory Company, National Black Theatre Festival) and Crowndation; I Will Not Lie to David (National Black Theatre-I AM SOUL Residency).

Other plays include Berta, Berta (upcoming World Premiere at CATF), Slow Gin Fits (Fire This Time Festival) and The Yin & The Yang (Columbia University). Angelica is currently commissioned by Peppercorn Theatre to write and develop Learn to Speak Doll, a new children’s play inspired by the great Dr. Maya Angelou.

Angelica and collaborator Ross Baum received the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award for their musical Gun & Powder, which has been developed at Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theater, the NYU Center for New Musicals and the 2017 SigWorks Lab (chosen out of 170 submissions). Gun & Powder has had public presentations in the Broadway’s Future Songbook concert series at Lincoln Center and in the Drama League’s 2018 DirectorFest. Also with Baum, Angelica was commissioned by Diverging Elements Theatre Company to write the short children’s play A Letter to Auntie Rosa as well as the official anthem of the National Children’s Theater of South Africa.

Angelica  was the Master Playwright in the Frank Silvera Writer’s Workshop Inaugural 3in3 Playwright Festival, and has written for the Obie-Award-Winning 48 Hours in Harlem Festival.

Her TV pilot Derailed was a semi-finalist in both Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay Competition and the Episodic Comedy Colony in conjunction with the 2017 Nantucket Film Festival. 

She is a proud member of The Dramatists' Guild and the New Play Exchange

Angelica received her BA in Theatre from UCLA, MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University and MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU.