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Meet DCBTAF Alumin Kim El

Kim El is an award-winning Pittsburgh-born playwright, actor, director and educator who has a passion for storytelling. Her education includes studying Communications at Duquesne University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. She is a member of The Dramatist Guild, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the 2014 Flight Fellowship for Creative Development. In 2013 The New Pittsburgh Courier added Kim to their 50 Women of Excellent roster. Her extensive theatre experience developed from venues such as New Horizon Theater, Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, No Name Players, The Shadow Lounge, Briocolage Production Company and The August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

Kim El has written thirteen one-acts: Of Nine Tales, Not a Beautiful Day in My Neighborhood, What Do You Ink?, King of Spades, Mental Case, No Kiddin', Speakeasy, Retrospect, Just Fishin', Detention Wish, Habari Gani! Children Celebrating Kwanzaa, and When Souls Whisper. She is also the author of six full length plays: Get Off The Bus, Ubuntu Holiday, The Poet's Corner (co-written with KL Brewer), Turnabout, The Sunday God Gave Me and Straightening Combs, her first solo stage performance. Kim is the award recipient for Best Play (2011), Best Director (2008) and Best Supporting Actress (2006) for her work done at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Festival in Black and White. In addition to performing and writing, Kim shares her artistic skills educating and mentoring youth in Pittsburgh's Hill District.

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