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France-Luce Benson

France-Luce Benson

France-Luce Benson graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, and holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Florida International University. She is a two-time recipient of the Shubert Foundation Fellowship Award. Her play Fati’s Last Dance received the Lorraine Hansberry Award for Playwriting from the Kennedy Center (Honorable Mention), was one of six plays selected for the inaugural Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, a finalist for the Theodore Ward prize given by Columbia College, and the winner of the Mary Marlin Fisher Award given by Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently, Fati’s Last Dance was featured at Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Octoberfest 2010. Also at EST, Risen from the Dough was produced in Going to the River 2009: River Crosses River Festival, Silence of the Mambo, Destiny’s Edge, Ascension, and Floating Under Water have all had readings and/or workshops at previous EST/GTTR festivals, and this year, Ms. Benson was thrilled to have been named a Lifetime Member at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

"Healing Roots", a feature length screenplay, was awarded the $10,000 prize in the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. From 2001-2004 she served as the Playwright in Residence for the Negro Ensemble Company, and was commissioned to write Barbara’s Keys, which premiered at the Lamb’s Theatre. Da Beat Trap, a one woman show written and performed by Ms. Benson, co-produced by NEC, debuted at the Producer’s Club as part of the Shakespeare N. Haarlem Theatre Festival. Other credits include Freedom Sea- workshop at the Atlantic Theatre; Out of Focus - produced at Pittsburgh Playwright’s Black and White Festival, Noplace, Somewhere - produced at Bricolage Theatre in Pittsburgh, and D Gme of Luv N Chnc – produced by Ruffled Feathers Theatre.

In 2010 Ms. Benson founded and served as Executive Director for CAFÉ(Caribbean Association for Females in Entertainment) and produced Kijan Pou’N Geri? at the Abe Burrows Theatre to benefit Haiti’s Earthquake victims. She has served as a Teaching Artist for Manhattan Theatre Club, the Paul Roberson Theatre, is a Playwriting Workshop Leader for Young Playwrights, Inc., an Adjunct Professor for Lehman College. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and lives in Brooklyn.