Writer/Director/Producing Artist


Yvette Heyliger
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YVETTE HEYLIGER, author of Autobiography of A Homegirl (ISBN 0-595-20556-9), is a writer/director and is founder and partner in Twinbiz with her twin sister, Yvonne Farrow, a production company which writes, directs and produces original works for stage, television and film. Twinbiz launched a National Black HIV & AIDS Theatre Initiative in Los Angeles in February 2011 with the purpose of enlisting black theatres and theatre artists to have readings or productions of plays on the subject of HIV or AIDS annually on National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7th). Heyliger wrote and directed What Would Jesus Do? at the Billie Holiday Theatre which swept the 2010 AUDELCO Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre winning seven out of eight AUDELCO nominations including DRAMATIC PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR and AUGUST WILSON PLAYWRIGHT AWARD for Heyliger. Heyliger directed her play, The Valentine, in John Chatterton’s Short Play Lab. Her play, A Better Wife, was selected for Girl Play: The Second Annual Lesbian Play Reading Festival and prior to that it was presented in Where Eagles Dare Short Play Lab. She was nominated “Best Director” in Strawberry One-Act Festival. Heyliger has directed and presented her plays in National Black Theatre Festival, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, Gloucester Stage Company, and Hollywood Court Theatre where she was honored with an NAACP Theatre Award nomination BEST PLAYWRIGHT for her published play, Autobiography of A Homegirl, excerpts of which have been published in Smith and Kraus’ The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2003 and The Best Stage Scenes 2003. Heyliger is also a contributing editor for Black Masks, a black theatre magazine. Heyliger has been a guest artist/guest speaker at colleges and universities regarding her work as a playwright. Grants awarded to Heyliger include: two New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist grants, two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grants, two Harlem Arts Alliance re-grants among others, as well as a residency at Hedgebrook, a women writers colony.

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On the other side of the footlights, Heyliger played “Aunt Sarah” on the NBC hit, Cosby Show. In recent years she was seen in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Uptown/Downtown performing artist workshop where she wrote and performed, Yvette X: Bridge to Baraka. Prior to that she was seen in Tribecca Performing Arts Center’s Writers in Performance where she wrote and performed her original poetry. Twice a graduate of New York University with her Masters of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing—Playwriting from Queens College, NY. She was a member of the first graduating class of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. She has worked as a teaching artist in the public and private schools of New York City. Heyliger has many professional, associate and community memberships including: Dramatists Guild, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Broadway League, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women, Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU), AUDELCO, and Harlem Arts Alliance. Heyliger serves on the inaugural Hedgebrook New York Alumnae Leadership Council. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild Women’s Initiative and is also active in 50/50 in 2020, a grassroots advocacy group dedicated to achieving parity for women artists in the American Theatre by the year 2020.

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