DEVON KIDD is a New York-based writer, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with aspirations of establishing his voice in various entertainment mediums including poetry, playwriting, television, and film. With a passion for writing both surrealist and realist works in fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, and drama, Devon possesses the ability to succeed in numerous genres while maintaining a distinct voice.
Devon Kidd graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2016 as the Top English Major of his Senior Class. He is currently a distinguished M.F.A. Playwright of Columbia University where he has worked under the mentorship of Two-Time Pulitzer Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) and Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Soft Power).
Devon’s chief goal as an artist is to both explore and expand the written possibilities of African Americans in Entertainment. In the words of the playwright, "I create worlds where Black people fly, fail, jump over moons, and cry over heartbreaks. In my works, Black people fight racism, fight each-other, fight mythical creatures, fight depression, fight witch’s curses, and fight political opponents. I make customized theatre about black people surviving a world in which we are not seen because that is every layer of my being."
“I make customized theatre about black people surviving a world in which we are not seen because that is every layer of my being.”
In response to COVID-19, Devon co-founded Zoomfest: The Theatrical Podcast which aims to amplify the talent of people from marginalized communities via technological platforms. As of right now, the series has had over six episodes and has collaborated with over 30 artists.
His play, Not Even God, was a 2019 Finalist for the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series in partnership with Columbia University and Roundabout Theatre.
His play, In the Jungle, was selected as a 2020 WINNER for the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series. It will receive a Roundabout Theatre reading with Director Steve H. Broadnax III and cast of industry professionals on August 24, 2020.