Multiple award-winning playwright, Jeanette W. Hill, is a creative activist whose unique voice and delivery make it difficult, if not impossible to categorize her or her work. Her courage in approaching the taboo subjects of African American community head on causes her to stand out. As the artistic director and founder of JWHill Productions LLC, her mission is to tell stories about the African American experience with ‘their’ voice.
The recipient of numerous national awards and recognitions from coveted organizations including the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, DC Black Theatre Festival, the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival, Ntozake Shange Reading Series/Woodie King Jr., and New Federal Theatre, Black Pearls Magazine, and Urban Playwrights United. Her work has been included in three anthologies, When Women Become Business Owners, When Women Connect, and her fictional work When Love Comes Calling. She was featured in the documentary, Black and Write. Jeanette continues to share and encourage others to pursue their talent and calling through her presentations and workshops.
For over fifteen years she has been awarded financial support from the City of Austin Economic Development Division, and other Arts organizations such as the Mid-America Arts Alliance and fiscal sponsorships.
Jeanette is a sought-after panelist, peer reviewer and consultant for various groups and organizations including the City of Austin Cultural Arts Program, Mid-America Arts Association, Atlanta Black Theatre Festival and the American Association of Community Theatre. She is a committee member of Austin’s Black Art Matters Curatorial committee as well as an advisory board member for the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival and Urban Playwrights United; she’s an Artist INC fellow and former facilitator, a member of The Dramatists Guild, and the New Play Exchange.
Contact her via social media or her website.
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MORE ABOUT ME
Why do you keep doing theater?*
Because as an African American and a woman, our stories are often overlooked, devalued or told from a perspective that does not accurately portray my race or my gender. One of my favorite affirmations/inspirations is: "As long as only the hunter records history, the lion's story will never be told." I choose to be that lion!
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I am in pre-production for an audio drama series titled The Front Porch Divas.Fictional stories highlighting the trials and triumphs of several women of color who are over forty in a gentrified community.
People of Color, social justice, radio plays, social issues, life