Gloria Bond Clunie is an award-winning playwright, director and theater educator. She is an original member of the Playwriting Ensemble at Chicago’s Regional Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater where her plays NORTH STAR, LIVING GREEN and SHOES premiered and the founding Artistic Director of Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre where she directed scores of productions including AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN, HOME AND RAISIN. Her plays include SWEET WATER TASTE, SMOKE, Sing MALINDY SING!, BLU, BUCK NAKED, DRIP, BANKRUPTCY, MERRY KWANZAA, QUARK, MERCY RISING, THE POPPY and #LOVESTORIES inspired by Black Lives Matter: A Shot.
Her plays have been developed and performed at Victory Gardens Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, ETA, Alliance Theatre, Triad Stage, Her Story Theatre, MPAACT, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Penobscot Theatre, Barter Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater and others.
Her work is published in the anthologies Seven Black Plays, Reimagining A Raisin In the Sun and by Dramatic Publishing Company. Awards include a Chicago Jeff, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, NEA and Illinois Arts Council Fellowships a Scott McPherson, Theodore Ward African-American Playwriting Prizes, New York’s New Professional Theater Award, Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Awards, a Children’s Theater Foundation of America Orlin Corey Medallion, and the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts; and her work in theater has been recognized by the NAACP, AKA and DST Sororities, the Vision Keepers and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
In 2014, Ms. Clunie enjoyed being an Artist-In-Residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock New York and at 360 Xochi Quetzal Arts Residency in Jalisco, Mexico where she completed BLU- a two act drama exploring bullying. BLU was read at The Growing Stage Children’s Theater of New Jersey 2015 New Play Festival and was the featured play in the 2015 AATE Playwrights In Our Schools Program at Utah Valley University. At the 2015 Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa excerpts from SHOES were presented. BUCK NAKED was performed in Detroit’s 2015 BoxFest and SMOKE has been featured at Dayton Playhouse’s 2015 FutureFest, Chicago’s Her Story Theatre Writer’s Exchange, the 2015 New Works at Playhouse On The Square in Memphis, and in August at the 2016 Barter Theatre: State Theatre of Virginia’s Appalachian Festival of Playwrights and Plays.
In the fall of 2015, during a month in California’s Djerassi Resident Artists Program, she completed the first draft of SKY- a new musical inspired by Chicago architecture. In July of 2015, as part of the Quality of Mercy Project, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre premiered A SHOT- #LOVESTORIES inspired by Black Lives Matter.
Currently, as part of Northwestern University’s American Music Theatre Project, this Northwestern graduate (B.S. Theater, MFA-Directing) has been invited to adapt her acclaimed drama NORTH STAR into a musical. Originally from Henderson, North Carolina, she and her husband Basil live in Evanston, Illinois and are the proud parents of daughter Aurelia.