WRITE IT OUT!
A FREE PLAYWRITING WORKSH0P AND PRIZE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV.
ABOUT WRITE IT OUT!
Created by award-winning playwright Donja R. Love in 2019, Write It Out! (WIO!) is a groundbreaking playwriting program and prize for people living with HIV and AIDS.
WIO! takes pride in being created by community for community. Understanding the isolation one can feel when living with HIV, WIO! provides community and artistic tools as it amplifies the visibility of people living with HIV in the theatre and beyond.
The goal of WIO! is to use the power of imagination and healing to strengthen the voice of those living with HIV and AIDS and transform the theatre landscape into a more equitable and stigma-free space.
WIO! is produced by National Queer Theater in partnership with The Each-Other Project and with support from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Terrence McNally Foundation.
Applications for Write It Out! are now closed.
“Oftentimes, as people living with HIV, we can feel so alone. Due to stigma, there is a level of shame that grips us so tightly, adding to our loneliness. When we are able to navigate through these feelings and attempt to creatively express ourselves, there aren't resources or safe space specifically for us. The WIO! Prize, much like the program, is here to change that. This prize is for any playwright living with HIV who aims to center themselves and their work on their terms.” - Donja R. Love, Program Creator
PHOTOS FROM 2022 WRITE IT OUT! PRIZE READING
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MEET THE TEACHING ARTISTS
Donja R. Love (he/him) is Black, Queer, HIV-Positive and thriving, and a Philly native. He is the recipient of the Antonyo Awards’ inaugural Langston Hughes Award, the Helen Merrill Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Award, and the Princess Grace Playwriting Award. Other honors include The Lark’s Van Lier New Voices Fellowship, the Playwrights Realm’s Writing Fellowship, and the Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion. He is the co-founder of The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for LGBTQ+ People of Color. Plays include soft, one in two (The New Group), Fireflies (Atlantic Theater Company), Sugar in Our Wounds (Manhattan Theatre Club, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Nominations), and The Trade. Love is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School.
Lee Raines (he/they) is a long-term survivor of HIV, diagnosed in March,1989. Lee was in the first cohort of Donja R. Love’s Write It Out! (WIO!) workshop and has served as WIO!’s Program Manager since 2022. His final project for WIO! in 2020, Blood Spill, led to a commission by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) to write UNJUST, a short play about HIV Criminalization. UNJUST has been presented by ETAF at special events in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Lee has been a member of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, and is a longtime volunteer for AIDS Walk New York and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He has shared his stories with The Generations Project, and recently recorded one of the 30 stories that are included in The AIDS Monument, an interactive memorial park currently under construction in West Hollywood. As an actor/singer/dancer, Lee performed in numerous plays and musicals, most notably his favorite, a production of Chicago starring Chita Rivera.