Growing up in a working-class family in the District of Columbia's inner-city, Donald Jolly was a bookish boy with an overactive imagination and wild dreams of being a writer. As a first-generation college student at Dartmouth, Donald was a co-chair of the Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association (BUTA) and was active in the Theater Department. In his senior year, Donald’s full-length comedy I MIGHT HAVE BEEN QUEEN (inspired by his life-long love for Tina Turner) was awarded the Ruth and Loring Dodd Drama Prize.
Donald now lives in Los Angeles where he writes plays that employ imaginative uses of language to explore the intersections/interactions between race, class, gender, and sexual orientation through historical and contemporary lenses. His work has been developed at Horizon Theatre Company (Atlanta), CalArts, Celebration Theatre, USC School of Theatre, Company of Angels, The Vagrancy, and Center Theatre Group’s Writers’ Workshop. In 2011, Donald’s historical drama BONDED received its world premiere at The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), produced by Playwrights’ Arena and Latino Theatre Company. The production was directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, and was subsequently nominated for a 2011 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Playwriting of an Original Play and a 2012 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater. Donald is currently collaborating with the Watts Village Theater Company on a play about the 1965 Watts Riots/Uprising. He is an Associate Artist with Playwrights’ Arena, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. After graduating from Dartmouth, Donald earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California. For more information, visit www.JollyDrama.com.