Katori Hall - recipient of the 2007 Bryan Family Foundation Award for Drama - is a playwright and performer who has published book reviews and essays in The Boston Globe, Essence, and Newsweek. She received the 2006 New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting and Screenwriting, and was a recent writing resident at the Royal Court Theatre. Her play, Hoodoo Love, received the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. Hall is currently working on a new play called Hurt Village, the second installment of her Memphis-set triptych. She received her B.A. in African-American studies and creative writing from Columbia University, and her M.F.A. in acting from Harvard University.