PlayCo is proud to announce our 2021 Residency for Black Women Theatre Makers*, a four-month period of process-oriented creative support provided to artists from around the world. The program provides financial support, time for new work development and artistic experimentation, and connectivity and community-building with fellow resident artists and PlayCo’s local and international networks.

Meet The Artists

Selected through an invitation to apply process in collaboration with curatorial consultant Kathy A. Perkins, the company announces four participating artists:

Dione Carlos is a Brazilian playwright, screenwriter, actress, and curator. She has seventeen plays staged nationally and internationally in countries like Mexico, Colombia, Belgium, and Portugal. She has six published drama books, as well as articles in magazines and specialized websites. In 2019, she represented Brazil on the International Day of the Portuguese Language in Greece, having lectured at the Acropolis Museum. Currently, she develops scripts for TV and cinema.


Zainabu Jallo‘s academic and creative work have been conveyed through Fellowships at the Sundance Theater Institute, The Institute for World Literature, Harvard University, The Mellon School of Theater and Performance at Harvard (Migrations session), Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, ResidenzTheater Munich, Chateau de Lavigny, House of Writers in Switzerland. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts England, and UNESCO Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa. Her scholarly interests include Diaspora studies, Iconic criticism, and Material Culture. Zainabu’s award-winning plays include Onions Make Us Cry, White Elephants, and Holy Night.


Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile is an international award-winning cultural architect, Development Practitioner and Interdisciplinary Artist from Botswana. Her work in human rights, education, and communications centers decoloniality, feminism and Disability theory. Katlego is a classically trained singer and composer, theatrical performer and designer. Her published writing ranges from contemporary critiques, creative work in poetry, music and theatre, and scholarly research. Katlego is the founding director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana’s premier LGBTQ-themed theatre festival) – for which she has written numerous works and mentored performers and writers, and founder of the Writers’ Meet Social Club. Her accolades include being a TED Fellow, Chevening Scholar, OkayAfrica #100Women honoree in the Arts, Mandela Washington Fellow, and CACE Africa Writivist. She holds an MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice from Goldsmiths University of London, and a BA (Hons) in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand.


Daaimah Mubashshir is a playwright and theatre-maker. Her work has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater and 3 Hole Press. Awards include a 2020-2022 WP Theater Lab Fellowship, 2019-2022 Core Writer Fellowship (Playwrights Center, MN), an 2018 Audrey Residency (New Georges), a MacDowell Fellowship, a Catwalk Institute Residency, a Foundation of Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. She is also a proud alumna of Fire This Time Festival. Her published works include “Molasses and A Blue Coat” – Kenyon Review Online, “The Zero Loop” (No Tokens Journal), “Come with Me – Solve for X in The Occasional 2,” edited by Will Arbery (53rd State Press), and The Immeasurable Want of Light (MacDowell, 3 Hole Press). Selected stage plays include Night of Power, Room Enough (MacDowell, Fire This Time Festival, Clubbed Thumb, Pride Plays, Playwrights Center), The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente and Emily Black is A Total Gift (New Georges). Daaimah is currently on faculty at Bard College and has also been a guest speaker at Yale School of Drama, Williams College, Skidmore College, and Kennesaw State University. She is the Artistic Director of {EDAP} which produces moving image work, text and performance to give audiences a kinetic experience of black bodies freeing themselves from the bondage of our past. For more information please visit – or


About the Residency

Artists receive an $8,000 stipend and a $4,500 project budget. Support in the form of community will be built through biweekly virtual meetings between artists, as well as frequent communication and collaboration with and guidance from the PlayCo artistic team and a meet-and-greet with the PlayCo staff. PlayCo will also facilitate individual coffee dates, group meetings, teach-ins/Q&As, feedback sessions, and more with artists and theatre makers the resident artists are interested in meeting with. While the residencies are geared towards process and incubation rather than finalizing work for production, they will culminate in open, public-facing presentations of works-in-progress—potentially including readings, digital presentations, panel conversations or town halls – conceived by the artists in collaboration with PlayCo.
* We have intentionally titled this residency “Black Women Theatre Makers” first and foremost because we sought out and selected four women for our inaugural cohort. We gladly acknowledge and anticipate that any future cohorts may include artists of different underrepresented genders. If and when this time comes, we look forward to adjusting the name to best represent the artists in residency.