I refused to be silent, and I refused to be invisible. I may have been the underdog, but I wasn’t under.

Royal Shirée

 

 

Playwright/solo performer, Royal Shirée has been produced by Lynchburg College, Randolph College, Waterworks Players Theatre, Leading Ladies NY, Downtown Urban Theater Festival NY, Live Arts Charlottesville, and a professional reading by Virginia Playwrights and Screenwriters Initiative. Her solo show, Clippings, has been performed throughout Virginia and in New York. MOJOAA Performing Arts Company performed her piece, Victory, in "Reclamation, 'Female Voices of Color.’" Her ten-minute plays have been produced coast-to-coast, including the reading of Lightning Bugs, accepted in the inaugural 2017 Midwest Dramatist Conference.

 

Shirée completed the collaboration of Sisters, a three-time award winner, with Joanne Hudson, a historical play funded by the Cultural Alliance of Western CT, through a grant given by the State of Connecticut and the National Endowment of the Arts. She was nominated for the "James River Council Arts and Humanities', Celebrate Diversity: Black Artists in Lynchburg." Shirée is a former board member and producer/director for Riverviews Artspace where she created "Perspective Presents," training non-professional and novice storytellers to perform true stories interpreted from themes. Presently, she proudly sits on the board at The Hamner Theatre and is the Resident Playwright.

 

She earned a hybrid English M.A. in Scholarship and Creative Writing from Lynchburg College 2012 and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hollins University 2013; she is a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.