Take Note: MacArthur 'Genius' Dominique Morisseau On Bringing The Underdog To Center Stage

Oct 29, 2018

Recent MacArthur Fellowship award-winner Dominique Morisseau.
Credit John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Award-winning playwright, poet and performer Dominique Morisseau was recently named a recipient of the 2018 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the genius grant, for her work bringing the lives of those on the margins to center stage. 

Morisseau has served as a co-producer and story editor for the Showtime series Shameless. She also worked with Penn State graduate theatre students to create Blood At the Root, a play inspired by the controversial "Jena Six" case. 

She talked with us about her upcoming musical debut, her love of the underdog, and the importance of having diversity throughout the theatre world.