Talvin Wilks


Talvin Wilks (dramaturg) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg based in Minnea­polis and New York City. His plays include Tod, the boy, Tod; The Trial of Uncle S&M; Bread of Heaven; An American Trip­tych; Jimmy and Lorraine: A Musing; and As I Remember It with Carmen de Lavallade. Directing credits: The White Card/This Bitter Earth/Benevolence/The Ballad of Emmett Till (Penumbra Theatre); The Peculiar Patriot (NBT/Woolly Mammoth); Parks (History Theatre); Cannabis: A Viper Vaudeville (HERE Arts/La Mama); Charlie Brown Black (Pillsbury House + Theatre); and The Till Trilogy (Mosaic Theatre). Dramaturgy credits: for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (Broadway revival), Dreaming Zenzile (New York Theatre Workshop), Between the World and Me (The Apollo), Scat!/Walkin’ with ‘Trane (Urban Bush Women), ink/BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play/Mr. TOL E. RAncE (Camille A. Brown and Dancers), In a Rhythm/A His­tory/Neces­sary Beauty/Landing-Place/Verge (Bebe Miller Company). He is an associate professor in the Theatre Arts and Dance Department, University of Minne­sota/Twin Cities, a 2020 McKnight Theater Artist Fel­low, and a 2022 McKnight Presi­dential Fellow.