Lekethia Dalcoe is an award winning playwright and actress from Houston, TX, who now resides in New York City. She holds a MA in Theatre from Texas A&M University- Commerce, and a MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama (NYC).
Directed by Tony nominated actor/director Harry Lennix, her play “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red," was commissioned by the “Billie Holiday Theatre” for it’s 2017-2018 season. This production received five nominations for the 2018 Audelco Awards, winning Best Play. Also produced by the Congo Square Theatre for its 2015-2016 "Power of Her” season, “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red” was awarded Best Play and Director (Harry Lennix) for the 2016 Chicago Black Excellence awards.
Ms. Dalcoe is currently creating “THE HOLDING SPACE CYCLE,” a Dante’s Inferno reflected through the lens of tortured black experiences. With her plays, she’s exploring an allegory that both physically or mentally the whole country is stuck, in some “holding space” unable to move forward because there has been no accounting for the crimes done against the black body.
Her plays have been presented, or work-shopped, through Capital Stages Playwrights Revolution, The National Black Theatre (NYC), The Ensemble Theatre (Houston, TX), Classical Theatre of Harlem, Cell Theatre (NYC), The Gift Theatre (Chicago), Frank Silvera Workshop, Jane Chambers Playwriting Contest (Honorable mention),DVR Foundation, and given special consideration by the Subcommittee of readers at the American Playwriting Foundation for the Relentless Award.
Other plays include “Butterflies in the Mist,” “An Ancient Tale of Debauchery,” and “Valley of Bones.” Ms. Dalcoe is currently helping develop a series for STX Entertainment, signed by Paradigm's Lit agency, and an active member of the Actor's Equity Association..