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About TS Hawkins

is an international author, performance poet, art activist, playwright, trauma-informed & award-winning educator, and member of the Dramatists Guild. Plays, short works, and books include Seeking Silence, sweet bread peaches (formerly, Cartons of Ultrasounds), Too Late to Apologize, In Their Silence (formerly, They’ll Neglect to Tell You), #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, “don’t wanna dance with ghosts...”, #SuiteTea, Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins’ one-act choreopoem, AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the “Best Theater Moment of 2017”. #SuiteReality received the 2017 “Theatrical Reality Check” Surya Bonaly Award, an international publication in WORDPEACE Literary Journal, showcased in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre for the Black Lives, Black Words International Theatre Festival, and shares residence at the Carnegie Mellon University Hunt Library. Cartons of Ultrasounds had the pleasure of returning to New York for a limited off-Broadway run to rave reviews. Recently, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G graced Australian stages as part of Antipodes Theater Company's Ricochet Reading Series! Hawkins' residency credits include Penn LGBT Center Scholar in ResidenceNational Black Theatre SOUL Producing Resident, Azuka Theatre - Rising Writers Cohort, 
Kaleid Theatre Final Project Writer-in-Residence, Swim Pony Performing Arts TrailOff Writer-in-Residence, 1812 Productions’ Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Residency, Out of Exile Artist-in-Residence, Irondale Ensemble “To Protect, Serve, and Understand”, Painted Bride Art Center’s Souls of Black Folk & Power to the Prompt, and Alphabet Arts Puppets & Poets. Notable writing contributions include Rising Voices: Poems Towards a Social Justice Revolution (University Professors Press), Closet Cases/Queers on What We Wear (Et Alia Press), Family Legacies (SONKU Collective Magazine), Fragrance of Love (Poet Tree), WORDPEACE Literary Magazine/vol. 2 Spring Edition, Long Wharf Theatre Blog Series, The Dramatist - Motivation Issue, and Pandemic of Violence Anthology - vol. 1 & 2 (North of Oxford Press). Featured playwriting opportunities include Dramatists Guild Foundation National Fellowship Finalist 2024-25. Ongoing projects: TrailOff and Community Capital: an Afrofuturism South Philly Walking Experience.

Plays and One-Acts
Awards and Acknowledgements
  • Penn LGBT Center Scholar in Residence
  • Dramatists Guild Foundation National Fellowship Finalists 2024-25 (top 25)
  • Barrymore Award - Victory Foundation Award for Excellence in Theatre Education Program
  • Best of Philly - TrailOff
  • Carnegie Mellon University Hunt Library - #SuiteReality
  • Best Theater Moment by Bonaly Reviews about AGAIN,
  • Surya Bonaly Recognition Award for #SuiteReality
  • "10 Philly Poets To Watch For/National Poetry Day"Philadelphia Tribune
  • "7 Poets Keeping the Rhythmic Tradition Alive in Philadelphia"Philly Voice
  • LOE Top 50 Media Moguls of 2014 Nominee
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Notable Facilitations and Panels
  • Purpose, Poetry, & Power: Tools for Thriving in a Shifting Society w/ TS Hawkins - QPenn Scholar in Residence Keynote
  • Thriving Ain't Easy Masterclass at Temple University for Raise Your Voice 3
  • Thriving Ain't Easy: Finding Peace Through Poetry at the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
  • Restorative Healing (for Actors/Performers/Writers) at Theatre Exile
  • Backstage & Ring of Keys present: Queering Casting & Authentic Representation
  • Temple University POWER Poetry Workshop - Watch Here
  • Thriving Ain't Easy 101: Choreopoem Masterclass at Theatre Exile
  • Philadelphia Writers Conference
  • National Communication Association: Social Justice Exchange
  • #CouchCon: Writing & Activism Panel
  • Long Wharf Theatre's The Artistic Congress: State of The Union
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