by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko

Directed by Ashley Smiley


Trans, queer, NB, African, poet-playwright-fiction-essayist NICK HADIKWA MWALUKO: Plays include: 37, S.T.A.R: Marsha P. Johnson; two queer African trilogies Waafrika and Waafrika 123; the QTPOC trans masculine S/He:THEY/THEM; the queer apocalypse Homeless in the AfterLife; Blueprint for an African Lesbian; SH/eroe; Asymmetrical We; Brotherly Love; Trailer Park Tundra; Once A Man Always A Man; Mama Afrika; Queering MacBeth; Life Is About the Kill; That Day God Visits You; Ata; To Dyke Trans; Gayze and many more. Residencies include Resilience and Development (R&D) Writers’ Lab with Crowded Fire Theater Company in San Francisco; New York City’s EWG (Emerging Writers’ Group) at the Public Theater sponsored by Time Warner; New York City’s Groundbreakers Group, Djerassi Artist Residency in northern California, Freedom Train Productions, Ragged Wing Ensemble and more. Nick is a two-time recipient of the Creativity Fund issued by the Public Theater and Time Warner, and a 2017 Spring grantee of a Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Individual Artist Cash grant. Nick graduated Magna Cum Laude at Columbia University and completed an MFA at Columbia University as a Point Scholar, the nation’s largest LGBTQIA scholarship fund, and Columbia University Fellowship.  


Ashley Smiley, also known as Smiley, is a San Francisco native and member of Campo Santo. Having received her B.A. in Performing Arts and Social Justice (USF ’13) and her M.A. in Drama (SFSU ’15) Ashley now focuses on supporting, developing, and creating art that uplifts the voices of Women, Women of Color, and Black Women in particular. She is very humbled, grateful, and excited to be working with TheatreFirst on a piece that speaks on the current climate of our country in a way that only theatre can. hley Smiley bio