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Trailblazing writer Kathleen McGhee-Anderson is the first African American woman to break down the barriers of dramatic and comedic writing, contributing to some of the most renowned shows of the last several decades, such as Soul Food, Greenleaf, and Lincoln Heights.

Join McGhee-Anderson for an excerpt reading premiere of her work-in-progress play Bearden and Billie, which explores the love story between famed collage artist Romare Bearden and actor, dancer, and director Wilhelmina “Billie” Allen.

After the reading, McGhee-Anderson joins Dr. Walter Evans for a conversation about the lives and letters that inspired the play. The conversation is moderated by Joël Díaz, director of the SCAD Museum of Art’s Evans Center for African American Studies. Established in 2011, the Evans Center celebrates the imaginative breadth and expressive legacy of African American art and culture.

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About the artist
Kathleen McGhee-Anderson earned a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her dramatic writing credits include Touched by an Angel, 413 Hope Street, South Central, Any Day Now, and The Fosters, among others. McGhee-Anderson also produced and wrote the BET series Madiba and served as executive producer/showrunner of Soul Food (Showtime), Greenleaf (OWN), and the critically acclaimed series Lincoln Heights (ABC/Family), garnering the NAACP Image Award for Best Drama and the Gabriel Award for Best Entertainment in 2008.

McGhee-Anderson’s feature film credits span Columbia Pictures, Paramount Motion Pictures, Bruckheimer Films, and Twentieth Century Fox Films. Jersey Films/Sony produced her film Sunset Park, and Studios USA produced her film The Color of Courage, which deals with her grandparents’ landmark Supreme Court case, striking down racially restrictive housing covenants in the U.S. She has developed long-form shows, mini-series, and pilots for NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, Studios USA, Showtime, and PBS. Her TV drama The Story of Blind Tom (PBS) garnered the first of several NAACP Image Awards and the Ruby Slipper Award for Children’s Programming.

McGhee-Anderson’s theater work has been developed and produced in conjunction with Arena Stage, the Mark Taper Forum, Crossroads Theatre Company, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, the Prince Music Theater, and The Juilliard School in repertory, among others. Her plays Jump at the Sun and Mothers, commissioned by Crossroads Theatre Company, were produced by L.A. Theatre Works, broadcast on NPR, and taught in secondary schools throughout the country. She has twice been selected as a Eugene O’Neill Playwright and has been cited by the Writers Guild of America for writing one of the 100 Best TV Series in television history, The Cosby Show.

She recently completed the musical book for the Broadway production of the Four Tops’ I’ll Be There!, commissioned by Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, and is developing the musical book for The Long Hot Summer, commissioned by the estate of William Faulkner. McGhee-Anderson has received numerous awards, nominations, and grants including an honorary doctorate from Spelman College for her achievement in television, film, and theater. She resides in Venice, Calif., and Oak Bluffs, Mass.

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