Psalmayene 24 is an award-winning Playwright, Director, and Actor. In April 2019, LES DEUX NOIRS, his play reimagining a legendary 1953 confrontation between famed writers Richard Wright and James Baldwin in a Paris café, received its world premiere production at Mosaic Theater Company. His play, THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT—inspired by Frederick Douglass’ 1845 trip to Ireland and co-written with Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan—was the first play to be produced on a pier at The Yards Marina in Washington, DC and was the recipient of six 2019 Helen Hayes Award nominations. Psalm has received commissions from the African Continuum Theater Company, Arena Stage, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center, Theater Alliance, Solas Nua, and Mosaic Theater Company. His one man play, FREE JUJUBE BROWN!, is recognized as a seminal work in Hip-Hop Theatre and is published in the anthology, Plays from the Boom-Box Galaxy: Theater from the Hip-Hop Generation (TCG).
His directing credits include NATIVE SON by Nambi E. Kelley at Mosaic Theater Company, WORD BECOMES FLESH (recipient of five 2017 Helen Hayes Awards, including Outstanding Direction of a Play) by Marc Bamuthi Joseph at Theater Alliance; his play, THE FRESHEST SNOW WHYTE, at Imagination Stage; and THE SHIPMENT by Young Jean Lee at Forum Theater.
With the premiere of CINDERELLA: THE REMIX at Imagination Stage, Psalm (as his colleagues call him) completed his critically acclaimed Hip-Hop Children’s Trilogy that explores the past, present, and future of hip-hop culture. Also having premiered at Imagination Stage, the other two plays of the trilogy are ZOMO THE RABBIT: A HIP-HOP CREATION MYTH and P.NOKIO: A HIP-HOP MUSICAL. Among other awards, the plays of the trilogy have earned two $25,000 development grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Walt Disney Corporation grant, and two Helen Hayes Award nominations for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences.
Psalm directed The Welders' world premiere production of NOT ENUF LIFETIMES by Caleen Sinnette Jennings and the Mead Theatre Lab production of READ: WHITE AND BLUE by The Hueman Prophets. He has also directed theater ensembles in India, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of Arena Stage's Voices of Now program. He was the assistant director of The Living Stage Theatre Company.
Psalm is the recipient of the Imagination Award from Imagination Stage (past recipients include Christopher Reeve, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dennis Haysbert). He has also received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and the Boomerang Fund for Artists Inc.
As an actor, Psalm has appeared on HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire, been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (1999, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical), and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. He had the pleasure of playing Fortune in Arena Stage's Helen Hayes award-winning production of RUINED. He is currently featured in Destination DC’s film segment highlighting theatre in Washington, DC.
Psalm is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
NOTE FROM PLAYWRIGHT
As an artist, my intention is always the same: illumination and revelation. Whether I am writing, directing, or acting, the impetus behind my work is to uncover an idea, or even a feeling, that somehow gives useful meaning to our human existence. Shedding light on our common shadows gives me an indescribable rush. Black people are usually at the center of the stories that I create. (Usually, but not always.) Through the specificity of Black narratives, I strive to reach the universality of the broader human experience. I also have an abiding love for telling stories on stage that are steeped in a hip-hop aesthetic. I believe that the possibilities of creating art that exists at the intersection of theatre and hip-hop are endless. While I don’t work exclusively in the Hip-Hop Theatre form, I relish opportunities to tell great stories in that medium. In all the work I do, there is a deep commitment to pairing the values of authenticity and accessibility. The work has to feel real and strike a truthful chord while simultaneously resonating with as many people in the audience as possible—whoever those people in the audience may be. Ultimately, I simply want to tell stories that raise consciousness and bring great beauty into the world. Everything else is gravy.
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LIST OF PLAYS
For a full list of plays, please go to Psalm's New Play Exchange page.
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|THE BLACKEST BATTLE - Everyone in the Place to Be - The Ring Master||Psalmayene 24||
The Ring Master, a beautiful and charismatic black woman, welcomes you to the chaos of Chief County in a rap filled with wit, poetry and melancholy.
|THE BLACKEST BATTLE - Misty Copeland Pirouette - The Ring Master||Psalmayene 24||
As the sounds of fireworks and gunshots fill the air, The Ring Master raps about life and luck in Chief County.