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The Workshop has built a long, time-honored and prestigious reputation as a nationally and internationally removed playwrights’ development theatre for up-coming and established artists of all colors, sizes and shapes.

Garland Lee Thompson, Jr.

Garland Lee Thompson, Jr. in front of a portrait of his father, Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop Founder, Garland Lee Thompson, Sr. Photo credit: Lia Chang

Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop

Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop: Join Us in the Discovery of New Voices

At a time of extraordinary growth in Brooklyn, The Center for Arts & Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation welcomes The Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop, founded by Garland Lee Thompson, Sr., as its newest partner-in-residence. This partnership will present special projects, a monthly reading series, and key initiatives with award-winning resident theatre company, The Billie Holiday Theatre, to cultivate writers of African descent from throughout New York City and the nation.

To launch the partnership the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop will highlight three women playwrights of color in a series entitled 3IN3: Playwriting from Page to Stage, a playwriting experience for 3 women writers that takes place over 2 consecutive weekends in April 2016. This workshop is part of The Center for Arts & Culture Women’s Festival from March to June 2016.

Workshop History

The Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop was founded in 1973 by playwright/director Garland Lee Thompson, along with famed actor/director Morgan Freeman, director/actress Billie Allen Henderson and journalist Clayton Riley, as a living memorial to the late actor, director, teacher and producer, Frank Silvera (1914-1970). The Workshop was based in the heart of Harlem, New York for 26 years and is currently located at The Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn. The Workshop has built a long, time-honored and prestigious reputation as a nationally and internationally removed playwrights’ development theatre for up-coming and established artists of all colors, sizes and shapes. Artists who have worked with the Workshop include Mari Evans, Billy Graham, A. Marcus Hemphill, Larry Neal, Vinnette Carroll, Ruby Dee, Owen Dodson, Charles Gordone, Charles Fuller, Ed Bullins, Laurence Holder, James De Jongh, Clifford Mason, Ntozake Shange, Aishah Rahman, China Clark, Ed Shockley, Richard Wesley, and Samm-Art Williams.

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