Discipline: Theater

Based In: Bronx

Nina Angela Mercer’s plays include GUTTA BEAUTIFUL; RACING MY GIRL, SALLY; ITAGUA MEJI: A Road & A Prayer; GYPSY & THE BULLY DOOR; CHARISMA AT THE CROSSROADS; and a collection of short plays, including A COMPULSION FOR BREATHING; A HUNGER/A SPELL; and SPARROW. She is also developing MOTHER WIT AND WATER-BORN (a trilogy of projects including a video and performance installation, and the live stage play BETWEEN WHISPERED BLOOD-LINES).

Her plays have had stage readings or full productions at the former Warehouse Theatre (Washington, D.C.), The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), Ira Aldridge Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center (NYC), National Black Theatre (NYC), The Schomburg Center (NYC), the former Brecht Forum (NYC), the Langston Hughes House (NYC), Rutgers University – New Brunswick and Newark, Drew University (Madison, NJ), and the Little Carib Theater (Woodbrook, Trinidad).

Nina’s essays and excerpts of plays are published in The Killens Review of Arts & Letters; Black Renaissance Noire; Voices Magazine #SayHerName Edition; Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre, and Performance; Break Beat Poets Vol 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Press, 2018); and Are You Entertained? Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century (Duke University Press, 2019). Nina has performed with Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative; for Abigail Deville’s And the Migrants Kept Coming, directed by Charlotte Braithwaite; and with Paloma McGregor’s ensemble for Building A Better Fishtrap/from the river’s mouth.

Currently, Nina’s collaboration with director Toshi Sakai, Invocation for Jose Antonio Aponte, (a visual poem) is on traveling exhibition with Visiory Aponte: Art and Black Freedom.

Nina is a doctoral fellow of Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she is also a recipient of the Center for Humanities Autoethnography and Theater Fellowship for her work as a facilitator for devised theater with Theater for Social Change. Nina also teaches at Brooklyn College and facilitates workshops with multiple communities creating a new world view. Nina graduated from Howard University (BA) and American University (MFA). She is a mother to two daughters.