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Harlem Artist Debra Ann Byrd Set To Take The Stage At Shakespeare's Birthplace

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's first Writer-in-Residence, Debra Ann Byrd, is set to return to Stratford-upon-Avon in October 2019 with her new solo show BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl's Journey.



BECOMING A FELLOW FOR OTHELLO | See Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey at Birthplace

By Gill Sutherland | 8th October 2019

We are becoming more used to seeing female actors taking on Shakespeare’s well-known male characters (hello King John on page 8!) but what is it like to play a member of the opposite sex? Here to tell us is American actor Debra Ann Byrd, who performs her new solo show Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust centre on Henley Street this Wednesday (9th October).


Black Shakespeare champion working to change views on 'colour-blind' casting


This Week in Shakespeare: Debra Ann Byrd | Othello

Sep 23, 2015

This Week in Shakespeare Episode 72 // She practiced. The establishment told her not to try. She practiced more. Then, she created a space for classically trained actors of color to show their work. Fifteen seasons later, no one is telling Debra Ann Byrd of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival not to try. Featuring: Othello Act V, Scene II

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“All-Female Othello.”Podcast interview with James Elliott and Gerritt VanderMeer, The State of Shakespeare, November 30, 2015.

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“Shakespeare in/and Harlem.” Podcast interview with Paul Edmondson and Paul Prescott, Shakespeare On The Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK August 15, 2014.


“Black Voices: Debra Ann Byrd Podcast interview with Suman Bhuchar, Theatre Voice, South London UK, July 5, 2013.