|Birth Day:||May 10, 1981|
|Birth Place:||Memphis, United States|
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Versatile playwright who has gained acclaim for writing the jukebox musical Tina and the 2009 play The Mountaintop. Katori Hall has also served as the creator, showrunner, and executive producer for the Starz TV series P-Valley.
Katori Hall earned her bachelor's degree from Columbia University. Katori Hall would later gain her MFA in acting from American Repertory Theater's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.
Her awards include a Laurence Olivier Award Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, two Lecompte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, Fellowship, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. Hall was shortlisted for the London Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award and received the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award from the William Inge Theatre Festival. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 1999, Hall graduated from Craigmont High School (Memphis, TN) as the first African-American valedictorian.
Hall graduated from Craigmont High School in Memphis, TN. Hall graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a major in African-American Studies and Creative Writing. She was awarded top departmental honors from the university's Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS). In 2005, she graduated from the American Repertory Theater's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting, and graduated from the Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting program in 2009.
Her play The Mountaintop, about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last night before his assassination, premiered in London in 2009 to great critical acclaim. After a sell-out run at Theatre503, the play transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in the West End. The production was directed by James Dacre and featured British actors David Harewood and Lorraine Burroughs. Harewood was nominated for Best Actor in the Evening Standard and WhatsOnStage Awards and Burroughs for Best Actress in the Olivier Awards. The production was also nominated for Best New Play in the Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards and Most Promising Playwright in the Evening Standard Awards. The play won the Olivier award for Best New Play in March 2010, making Hall the first black woman to achieve this accolade. The Independent reviewer called The Mountaintop "breathtaking". Theater critic Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph gave the production five stars and hailed it a "triumph". In September 2011, The Mountaintop opened on Broadway starring Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King and Angela Bassett as a mysterious maid. It attracted both praise and controversy. In January 2011 during the extension of the show, lead producers Jean Doumanian and Sonia Friedman announced that The Mountaintop had recouped its entire capitalization of $3.1 million.
In October 2011, Hall, along with Annie Baker, Will Eno, Kenneth Lonergan and Regina Taylor, was among the playwrights chosen for the Pershing Square Signature Theatre new Residency Five initiative in New York. Residency Five makes the writers resident playwrights with the company and guarantees each of them three full world-premiere productions over a five-year residency.
In November 2014, Our Lady of Kibeho, the second play of Hall's residency at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre, had its world premiere in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, directed by Michael Greif. In Our Lady of Kibeho, Hall tells the story of a real-life incident of 1981, when a group of Rwandan schoolgirls claimed to see a vision of the Virgin Mary.
Hall co-wrote the book for the jukebox musical Tina alongside Frank Ketelaar & Kees Prins. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Tina Turner and depicting her life. Tina opened on Broadway in November 2019. In October 2020, Hall received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.
Hall developed her play Pussy Valley into the television drama series on Starz, renamed P-Valley, which premiered on July 12, 2020. It has received positive reviews from critics, and was renewed for a second season two weeks after its premiere. She serves as the series creator, showrunner, and executive producer.
Katori Hall's husband's name is Alan.
Currently, Katori Hall is 39 years, 11 months and 2 days old. Katori Hall will celebrate 40th birthday on a Monday 10th of May 2021. Below we countdown to Katori Hall upcoming birthday.