HARRISON DAVID RIVERS is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award.
He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Drama at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Home is Saint Paul, Minnesota.
His produced plays include: When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award, NYFringe Excellence in Playwriting Award, NYFringe, Diversionary Theatre, TheatreLAB, Real Live Theatre), Sweet (AUDELCO nomination for Best Play, National Black Theatre), And She Would Stand Like This (20% Theatre Company, The Movement Theatre Company), Where Storms Are Born (Berkshire Theatre Award nomination for Best New Play, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, Williamstown), A Crack in the Sky (History Theatre), Five Points (MN Theatre Award Nominee for Exceptional New Work, Theatre Latte Da) This Bitter Earth ((MN Theatre Award Nominee for Exceptional New Work, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Penumbra, About Face) and To Let Go and Fall (Theatre Latte Da).
His unproduced plays include: the bandaged place, The Sea & The Stars, and all the dead lie down, and The Salvagers.
Harrison was named a Runner-up for the 2018 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune and a 2017 Artist of the Year by City Pages. He has received McKnight and Many Voices Jerome Fellowships, a Van Lier Fellowship, an Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship and New York Stage & Film’s Founders’ Award. He was the 2016 Playwright-in-Residence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Harrison is an alum of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers' Group, Interstate 73, NAMT and The Lincoln Center Directors' Lab. He is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center where he is also a member of the Board of Directors.
BA: Kenyon College.
MFA: Columbia School of the Arts.