Philana Imade Omorotionmwan (o-more-o-tune-wah) is currently based in Minneapolis as a 2018-19 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center, but she was born and raised at the other end of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, LA. Her plays include Before Evening Comes, The Defiance of Dandelions, Fireflies, and Strong Face, or Misogynoir. Her work has been developed and/or presented at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Br!nk New Works Festival, La MaMa Experiments Series, Athena Project Festival, and UC Berkeley's TDPS New Play Reading Series. Philana has been a semifinalist for the Relentless Award, a two-time Heideman finalist, and a finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, the Theatre503 Award, the Playwrights Realm's Scratchpad Series, TU's WomenWorks, and the KCACTF Region II NPAT Award. Her short plays have been produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Stay Awake! Theatre, Little Black Dress Ink, 20% Theatre Company Chicago, and Ohlone College. Her poems have appeared in New Delta Review and African American Review.
Philana completed an MFA in Playwriting in May 2018. She is at work on a television pilot about her experiences as a teacher in public charter schools. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.