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Howard University's Department
of Theatre Arts is an internationally acclaimed leader and producer of artistic merit. Each season the Department of Theatre Arts presents classical and contemporary plays in its two-theatre complex. These plays offer not only entertainment, but also a forum for ideas and discussion.

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FIRES IN THE MIRROR (Howard Players Production)

“In 1991, a 7-year-old boy is struck and killed in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; hours later, a man is killed in retaliation. The racial and ethnic clashes that ensued between the Black community and the area’s Hasidic population were known collectively as “the Crown Heights riots...”

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About the Department: Faculty & Staff

Associate Professor, Playwriting

Dept. of Theatre Arts - Childers Hall, Room 1012-B
Howard University, Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-5461

Denise J HartProfessor Hart is the coordinator of the Playwriting program in the Department of Theatre Arts and she's an award winning playwright, director and actress.  Her production of Zooman and the Sign was the recipient of the Outstanding Ensemble award at the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Her acting credits include performances on Washington, DC metro area stages with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Source Theatre Festival, H Street Playhouse, Arena Stage and African Continuum Theatre Company. Professor Hart has also appeared on the HBO television drama series The Wire in the recurring role of the beloved character Miss Anna.  She has written several screenplays and stage plays and is the 2007 recipient of honorable mention in the Eugene O’Neil National Playwrights competition and the Lark Play Festival competition as well as the recipient of several awards from the Writer’s Digest Festival in past years. She is the founder and artistic director of The Children's Theatre Workshop, Inc., a performing arts camp for young people that remains a staple for training youth in the Washington, DC area. Professor Hart received her BFA in acting from Howard University and her MFA in playwriting from Sarah Lawrence College.  She is also a Creativity and Life Coach and is a member of SAG, The Creativity Coaches Association, Dramatist Guild and Theatre for Young Audiences. Her research interests span the study of creativity, innovation and discovery.  She originally hails from Omaha, Nebraska and her son Julian remains her creative inspiration.

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