Will Power is an award-winning playwright and performer. Plays include Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), Fetch Clay, Make Man (New York Theatre Workshop, Marin Theatre Company), Steel Hammer with SITI Company (Humana Festival), The Seven (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse), Five Fingers of Funk! (Children's Theatre Company), Honey Bo and The Goldmine (La Jolla Playhouse) and two acclaimed solo shows, The Gathering and Flow (his solo shows toured to over 70 cities nationwide, as well as Europe and Australia). Power's numerous awards include a United States Artist Prudential Fellowship, the TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Jury Award for Best Theatre Performance at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and the Trailblazer Award from The National Black Theater Network. Power's numerous film and television appearances include The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) and Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason (PBS).
Mr. Power was a guest of the U.S. State Department on five separate occasions, traveling to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. On these trips and others, Mr. Power taught community workshops in shantytowns, worked with poets in former regimes of the Soviet Union, and lectured at various libraries, grammar schools, and colleges. Power is currently on the faculty at The Meadows School of the Arts/Southern Methodist University, and is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence with the Dallas Theater Center.