actor and playwright
Dominique Morisseau (born March 13, 1978) is an American playwright and actress.
- When I’m writing, I can see myself in all of the characters I write.
- On how she envisions writing in the eyes of an actor in “Playwright Dominique Morisseau: ‘When I’m writing, I can see myself in all my characters’” in The Stage (2019 Apr 22)
- “I’m tired of lip service…There’s a lot of: ‘We really want to do this’, and then I realise they just don’t listen. They say they want your voice, but when you use your voice, they don’t want to do anything you say.
- On playwrights having to fight for their creative vision in “Playwright Dominique Morisseau: ‘When I’m writing, I can see myself in all my characters’” in The Stage (2019 Apr 22)
- It shocked me and concerned me how quickly we criminalize and don’t give second chances to young men of color, and particularly young African American men…
- On how an incident involving a surrogate-nephew inspired her to write Pipeline in “An Interview with Dominique Morisseau” in The Interval (2017 Jul 25)
- I had been reading Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, which talks about mass incarceration and mass incarceration being the new Jim Crow. But I really believe education is also the new Jim Crow right now because there is so much segregation in education, and there’s an excessive system of have and have-nots. So I was first and foremost interested in exploring the school-to-prison pipeline because of how personally it affected some people in my life.
- On how she believes the educational system echoes some of the points that Michelle Alexander raised in “An Interview with Dominique Morisseau” in The Interval (2017 Jul 25)