Cori Thomas is a playwright whose plays have been developed and produced at Sundance Theater Lab, Goodman Theatre, City Theatre Company. (Pittsburgh), Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Women’s Project Theater, Page 73 Productions, Playwrights Horizons, Lark Play Development Center, The Working Theater, Going To The River, Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Passage Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, New Federal Theatre, New Georges, The Black Rep (St. Louis), The New Black Fest, and Queens Theatre in the Park.

Cori Thomas plays include: Citizen’s Market (World Premiere March 2018 City Theatre Co, Pittsburgh); When January Feels Like Summer (World Premiere City Theatre Co., Pittsburgh, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Page73/Women’s Project Theater 2014 NY Premiere/ Upcoming Productions: 2016 Mosaic Theatre DC, 2016 Underground Railway Theater MA,); LOCKDOWN; The Liberian Legacy Trilogy: Pa’s Hat, Flight 109, In The Beginning; The Ballad of Ella May (The Working Theater 2016); Pa’s Hat (Pillsbury House Theatre, MN 2010); My Secret Language of Wishes (Various theaters and University productions including Mixed Blood, MN 2011); Citizens Market; The Princess, The Breast, and, The Lizard; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures; Waking Up (Ensemble Studio Theatre 2013); His Daddy( Going To The River & Castillo 2009); our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Upcoming: March 2018 World Premiere CITIZENS MARKET City Theatre Co, Pittsburgh, PA; Writer for Original Content Series, The Walls; A play co-written with Lonnie Morris to be directed and performed at San Quentin Penitentiary; An Untitled screenplay about Nelson Mandela and Percy Yutar for HBO Films.

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Cori is also the founder of Pa’s Hat Foundation, a charity that was inspired by a life-changing experience, when, in 2000, she was visiting Liberia during the war with her 83 year old father, a Liberian who served as Ambassador to many countries including the UN for many years and she was nearly shot by a child soldier.

This experience changed her life, inspiring Cori not only to write the play Pa’s Hat, but to begin The Pa’s Hat Foundation with actor/director Dion Graham, and writer Carolyn Hughes.

Cori pictured with 5 young men the Pa's Hat Foundation put through school last year.

Cori pictured with 5 young men the Pa's Hat Foundation put through school last year.

Here's an excerpt from Cori's newest project: "CITIZENS MARKET":


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