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France-Luce Benson

THE FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL SEASON THREE

Five short plays from the 2012 Fire This Time Festival.

France-Luce Benson’s plays have had productions, workshops, and readings at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, The Billie Holiday Theatre, New Perspectives Theatre, JACK, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts, the Schomburg, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre where she is an honored Lifetime Member. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, and has also studied at Columbia University/Harlem Arts Alliance, Circle Repertory Theatre School, and Florida International University. Her play Fati’s Last Dance was honored by the Kennedy Center (Lorraine Hansberry Award), and won the Mary Marlin Fisher Prize from Carnegie Mellon University. Her screenplay, Healing Roots, won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan screenplay competition.  The Sloan Foundation in association with EST recently awarded Ms.Benson a New Play Commission to write The Devil’s Salt, a full length play about Haitian activist Jean Dominique; which was featured at EST’s First Light Festival 2013.  She is a two time Schubert Fellow, as well as a three time scholarship recipient at the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center in NYC. Her original video sketch, “Black Baby Agency”, developed at UCB, will premiere in 2014.  She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America, and New York Women in Film and Television; and she is an Associate Professor at St. Johns University.