Story craft fascinates me on an organic level. I relish complexity and quiet world changing moments in life, and onstage. Collaborative in nature, I explore artistic and cultural traditions, perhaps to subvert them.

I am passionate about stories that are open and vulnerable and extend beyond traditional ways to tell them. My voice and broad vision are influenced by my Louisiana heritage with all its spectacle and ritual; and by all the urban dynamics of Chicago, which I now call home. With Mardi Gras as a baseline, there’s no telling what might happen.

TSEHAYE GERALYN HÉBERT is the 2015 Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Awardee. She studied with Barbara Ann Teer at National Black Theatre (Harlem, NY) and earned an MFA in Writing at School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC).pygMALI , her disrupture of Shaw’s Pygmalion, won SAICs RhinoFest competition. Previous awards include New Voices and Visions Award (Louisiana State University), and New Works/New Visions Midwest Playwrights Project (Bedtime Story).

The Northwestern University graduate is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. She interned at Lookingglass Theatre (Chicago, IL) A former board member, she now sits on the Piven Theatre Workshop’s honorary board (Evanston, Il). and Pegasus Theatre advisory council. Committed to accessibility and the arts, she is a 2017 ADA25 Advancing Leadership Fellow (Chicago Community Trust).