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Naima Yetunde Ince


Naima Yetunde Ince is an emerging playwright whose signature is distinct through the medium of spoken word. Ince has fallen in love with the art of storytelling. Her play Men Always Leave had two successful productions in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Most recently, the play was produced by the Cary Players in February 2019. Previously, Men Always Leave first debuted in the area at the Women’s Theater Festival in the summer of 2016. Originally from Brooklyn, Ince is working on another full-length play entitled Cry, Pray, Put On Lipstick and is hopeful for future stage productions of this work. In addition to spoken word and playwriting, Ince is a published author. Her books include: Ghost Load Second Edition, Ghost Load Limited Edition, Men Always Leave (the one-act stage play), and I Hate Men (Poetic Graphic Novel). Ince has the ability to convey thoughts and ideas—which may be challenging for others to express—that can only be heard and received by words she has written. Ince earned an MA degree in of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management degree from Pratt Institute and a BA degree in Theatre Studies from SUNY Purchase College. She is thankful to have been accepted into the Give It Legs Playwrights’ Workshop and looks forward to sharing, learning, and developing.


“I can feel when God is speaking through me to give the creative license through whatever medium I am working on, be it a spoken word poem, or stage play.” — Naima Y. Ince