Katori Hall

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Katori Hall: Biography at a Glance

  • Won the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for “Hurt Village”
  • Set to direct the film adaptation of “Hurt Village”
  • Playwright of “The Mountaintop,” the winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for best new play
  • Other credits include “Children of Killers,” “Hoodoo Love,” “Remembrance,” “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning,” “The Hope Well,” “Our Lady of Kibeho” and “Pussy Valley “
  • Published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Essence, Newsweek and The Guardian


Katori Hall is a playwright performer from Memphis, TN. Hurt Village won the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was a finalist for the Ruby Award. Hall will direct the film adaptation of Hurt Village, which will begin shooting in 2015.

Hall’s other plays include: The Mountaintop (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play), which ran on Broadway at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, Children of Killers (National Theatre, UK), Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), Remembrance (Women's Project), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, The Hope Well, Our Lady of Kibeho and Pussy Valley.

Her awards include the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, the ARENA Stage American Voices New Play Residency, the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a NYFA Fellowship, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award. Hall’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, UK’s The Guardian, Essence, Newsweek and The Commercial Appeal. The Mountaintop and Katori Hall: Plays One are published by Methuen Drama.

Hall is an alumna of the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, where she developed The Mountaintop, and a graduate of Columbia University, the A.R.T. at Harvard University, and the Juilliard School. She is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the Dramatists Guild, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Hall currently resides in New York City.

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