Bard Faculty

Dael Orlandersmith

Visiting Artist in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance


Dael Orlandersmith is an award–winning actress, poet, and playwright. She won an Obie Award for her one-woman performance piece, Beauty’s Daughter, which premiered in 1995 at the American Place Theater. She was a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Yellowman, which was also a Drama Desk Award nominee and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Other honors include the Whiting Award, Lucille Lortel Playwrights Fellowship, PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career; Guggenheim Award, New York Foundation for the Arts grant, and Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award. Other major works include Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, a coproduction of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Goodman Theatre; Horsedreams, which premiered Off Broadway at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; Bones and Stoop Stories, which both opened at the Mark Taper/Kirk Douglas Theater; The Blue Album, a collaboration with David Cale, at the Long Wharf Theater; and Monster, which premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop. She previously taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University, Yale University, and Voice and Vision Theater. At Bard since 2017.