Katori Hall

Katori Hall is an American playwright, journalist, and actress from Memphis, Tennessee. Hall’s plays include her Olivier Award-winning Broadway debut, The Mountaintop (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre); her Off-Broadway plays Our Lady of Kibeho (Irene Diamond Stage), Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), and her Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning Hurt Village (Romulus Linney Courtyard); and her regional plays Blood Quilt (Arena Stage), Pussy Valley (Mixed Blood Theatre), Children of Killers (Castillo Theatre), Remembrance (Women’s Project Theater), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Prologue Theatre), and WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! (Williamstown Theatre). 

Her awards include Kate Neal Kinley and NYFA Fellowships; Southern Writers Bryan Family, Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting, Otto Rene Castillo, Columbia University John Jay, and Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Awards; and two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center. 

Hall’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, UK’s The Guardian, Essence, and The Commercial Appeal, including contributing reporting for Newsweek