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Adrienne Earle Pender


Adrienne Earle Pender began her writing career in 2001. Her first play, The Rocker, was a finalist in the FutureFest 2002 Festival of New Works in Dayton, Ohio. The Rocker made its world premier in February 2004 at Theater in the Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her play The Strawberry Girl received a staged reading at the Women’s Theater Festival in Raleigh, NC, in July 2019. Her plays have been performed across the country. Adrienne’s latest play, “N,” was named a finalist in the FutureFest 2015 Festival of New Works in Dayton. It received a staged reading at the Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville, CA, and made its world premiere production in Raleigh, NC at Theatre in the Park in February 2017, with subsequent productions in Detroit, and Houston in 2020. “N” was optioned by an independent film company, and the movie based on the stage play, “The Black Emperor of Broadway,” is available on Amazon, Xfinity, and other streaming platforms. Adrienne was named a Tao House Fellow by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation; she completed her Artist-in-Residence residency in September 2015. She holds an MA and an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, and is a member of the Dramatist Guild.