ShaWanna Renee Rivon
ShaWanna Renee Rivon is an award-winning and nationally renowned playwright and producer. ShaWanna’s success grew with urban plays such as Cheaper to Keep Her and Marriage Material, which starred Vivica Fox, Brian McKnight, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (of “TLC”), both of which toured nationally. ShaWanna earned her BFA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Houston. As a developing creative, ShaWanna discovered her niche and artist’s mission: to create period-piece comedies centered around the lives of Black women. In this, she has begun the development of her 6-play cycle, the first of which is Old Black and White Hollywood, about a 1950’s Black woman comic who desires to become the first Black female movie star. Old Black & White Hollywood was developed with Suzan-Lori Parks and Theresa Rebeck, and won the Edward Albee Playwriting Award. The latest of production in her 6-Play Cycle, Power to the Queendom, was developed with the Rec Room Writers. Set in 1970s Houston, the script about a group of female Black Panthers is loosely based on a true story . The third installment of the 6-play cycle, Mr. and Miss. Culture, is currently in development through her residency with Rec Room Theatre.