Los Angeles based Zola Dee is a poet, emerging theatre artist and arts activist from North Carolina. She believes that her work has a strong responsibility to investigate trauma and how it is passed down generationally, the black psyche, mysticism and ancient spirituality. Weaving song and poeticism throughout her plays, she beautifully captures the soul of what it means to be Black in America.
Her most notable work GUNSHOT MEDLEY: Part 1 was Ovation Award recommended. Due to the success of Gunshot Medley, D. received notoriety in the Los Angeles Times by lead drama critic Charles McNulty as a front-runner in “...a vibrant new era in African-American playwriting…”. D is currently a member of two exclusive and prestigious LA writer’s groups: Center Theatre Group’s Writer’s Workshop and the Skylight Theatre’s PlayLab. She is developing two new plays in both groups. Other accomplishments include: 2017-2018 Core Apprentice at The Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota & 2018 Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Diversity Fellow.
Zola is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Creative Writing. While at school she was accepted as the 2016 Provost’s Research & Practice Fellowship in the study of African-American Dialects.
Currently, Zola serves as the Artistic Associate at The Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California.