Judy Tate was born in Chicago, and has lived in New York for 40 years. At the start of her playwriting career she was a Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellow and winner of the New Professional Theatre's Playwriting award as well as being a member of Playwrights Horizons’ Black Ink, She’s a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.. Her play Fast Blood was produced by The Lark Theatre and has been presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Passage Theatre, Hartford Stage and Epic Theatre Company. The Point and, Mistaken for Genius were produced by The Women's Project and the latter published in their collection, Rowing to America and Other Short Plays. Slashes of Light, commissioned by the MTC, was developed at EST, the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference in San Marcos Texas, CAP21 in New York and will be given a world premier at The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY. With her Collaborator, Melissa Maxwell, Slashes of Light recently was an Honored Finalist in the NYC Professional Women in Media and Arts Collaboration Award. Her full-length, Sex in the Kitchen is being developed for CAP21 in NYC. Judy is also the producing artistic director of The American Slavery Project a theatrical response to this country’s discourse about Slavery the Civil War and Jim Crow. She conceived their first original piece, Unheard Voices, which is a collectlively written monologue play bringing life to the African descended people of colonial New York buried in the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. She is a four-time Emmy Award winning television writer and Writer’s Guild of America award recipient. She’s written scripts and story for Another World, As the World Turns and Days of our Lives, working steadily for nearly a decade.
A professional actor for many years, Judy has worked in theatres throughout the United States and in Southern Africa. As a teaching artist she’s worked with playwriting students in alternative schools, prisons, shelters and from reservations. It’s her 14 years of work with high school inmates on Rikers’ Island that inspired her TV pilot, Lockdown High.
She is an alumna of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts conservatory program where she studied with Stella Adler and was an honors graduate receiving the Founder's Day Award, Seidman Award and Beinecke Award for excellence in acting and academia.