// Keelay Gipson

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Keelay Gipson is a multi-disciplinary artist including work as an activist, teaching artist, and award-winning playwright whose plays include CRH (O'Neill Semi-Finalist, AADA Main Stage Live!), Nigger/Faggot (Downtown Urban Theater Festival), The Lost (Or, How to Just Be), What I Tell You in the Dark (Premiere Stages Finalist), and Mary/Stuart, a dramatic queering of friederich schiller's classic play (BAM Next Wave Festival). He is the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship (2016-2018) at New Dramatists and recently finished work as a Public Artist in Residence for the City of New York's Department of Cultural Affairs and Administration of Children's Services working with LGBTQ foster youth. His play #NewSlaves was recently completed during his residency at the MacDowell Colony.  He is currently a part of P73's Interstate 73 Writers' Group. His work has been seen/developed at the Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, HERE Arts Center, 133rd Street Arts Center, The Theater at Alvin Ailey, Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory, Pace University, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, The University of Houston, The National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights' Theater, Classical Theater of Harlem, and New York Theatre Workshop. He has been a Playwriting Fellow with The Amoralists Theater Company and Lambda Literary.  He was a Finalist for NYTW's 2050 Fellowship.  He was a Semi-Finalist for Rising Circle Theater Collective INKTank and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights' Conference.


Images from CRH, a new play

A reading as part of The Fire This Time Festival, January 2017


The MacDowell Colony

The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

Keelay is at the Colony during the month of February, working on a new play about the Prison Industrial Complex.

Learn more about The MacDowell Colony here.



Interstate 73 Writers Group

Playwrights meet at the Page 73 offices twice a month to discuss and work on their new plays. At a playwright’s request, the writer receives a public or closed reading of a play.

Fellow Members Include: John J. Caswell, Jr., Cat Crowley, Kristine Haruna Lee, Molly Beach Murphy, Gabrielle Reisman, Sarah Sander, and Susan Stanton.

More info about Page 73 here.


The LOST Collective

Current Residency through April 2017

A year-long residency with the City of New York government agencies to bring art to vulnerable LGBTQIA foster youth.  Read more here.

Artists in Residence

Administration for children's services
department of cultural affairs


New Dramatists


The Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship Program, made possible by a grant from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, was established to help young, economically disadvantaged playwrights living in New York City who are U.S. citizens from minority populations (e.g. Asian American, African American, Native American, Arab American, Latino, etc.) to develop their talent and become involved in the professional theatre community. Read more here.