Guest Bio: Angela Counts

Laura Onyeneho

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Angela Counts is a filmmaker, performing artist, and writer whose dramatic plays have been presented across the country. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry award for her play, Hedy Understands Anxiety, which was published by Dramatic Publishing Company.

Her short films have appeared in several group exhibitions in the greater Boston area including Open Source at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Angela’s plays and films can trace their origins to the social movements of the mid-to-late 20th century and the conflicts of family life and personal identity.

In 2008, she traveled to Italy to finally reunite with her father whom she hadn’t seen in 17 years which was highlighted in her autobiography documentary Flower Child, inspired by her play commissioned by New York Theatre Workshop in the late 1990s. Angela enrolled in the post-baccalaureate program at SMFA in Boston in the fall of 2010 to continue this exploration. The following year, Angela began filming rehearsals of the play, Flower Child, as a means of tracing her evolution as an artist.

Her interest in sexuality, race, and gender has motivated such work like her full-length play The Edge of Blue Light, which was commissioned by the non-profit AIDS theater-education organization, On With Living and Learning, inspired by the lives of HIV positive women.

Angela has had a career in the field of higher education and arts administration working with Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Medical School, New York University, Manhattan Theater Club, Cornell University, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and University of Southern California (USC).

She holds a B.A in Communications and M.F.A’s in Playwriting from U.S.C and Film/Video from Northeastern University.

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