HARRISON DAVID RIVERS resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. His plays have been performed and developed at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center, P73, LAByrinth Theatre Company, The Drama League, New York Stage & Film, The National Black Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Harlem Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Diversionary Theatre (San Diego), About Face (Chicago), TheatreLAB (Richmond), The Playwrights' Center, Theatre Latte Da, Pillsbury House, Penumbra (Minneapolis) and The American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.
Awards include the McKnight Fellowship for Playwrights, the Many Voices Jerome Fellowship, New Dramatists' Van Lier Fellowship, New York Theatre Workshop's Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship, New York Stage and Film's Founders Award, Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project Prize for the bandaged place, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for Where Storms Are Born, and a GLAAD Media Award for When Last We Flew. He has twice been named a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference and the Jonathan Larson Grant. He was a Kleban Prize finalist in 2016.
Commissions from The Public Theater (New York), Writers Theatre (Chicago), The Movement Theatre Company (New York), Ricochet Collective (New York), TinyRhino (New York), New Conservatory Theatre Center (San Francisco), History Theater (St. Paul, MN), and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis).
Publications by Nick Hern Books, Routledge and Harlem9, Inc.
Harrison has taught theater/playwriting at the University of Minnesota, The Playwrights' Center and New York University (Strasberg).
Alum of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers' Group, Interstate 73, NAMT and The Lincoln Center Directors' Lab. Member of NYTW's Usual Suspects. Harrison was the 2016 Playwright-in-Residence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is currently a Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center, where he also serves on the Board of Directors.
BA: Kenyon College; MFA: Columbia School of the Arts.