Michelle Brooks

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Emerging Defense Challenges Initiative

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Michelle Kholos Brooks is a former public radio journalist and award-winning playwright with productions staged across the U.S. and Canada since 2004.

Brooks’ plays have been produced and/or developed at the Skylight Theatre, Centenary Stage, Pacific Resident Theatre, Bloomington Playwright’s Project, The Colony Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Boston Court Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, Wordsmyth Theatre, The Barrow Group, Bay Street Theatre, Venue 9 Theatre, Wings Theatre, Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Drama West and Vox Humana Theatre Ensemble.

Brooks is the winner of the 2017 Susan Glaspell Award for her play Hitler’s Tasters and the Riva Shiner Comedy Award for Kalamazoo, co-written with Kelly Younger. Hostage  was a finalist for the 2016/17 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Fratti Newman Political Play Contest and it was a 2017 Showcase finalist for the National New Play Network.  Chair received second place in the 2015 Firehouse Theatre Festival of New American Plays.

Publications include Dramatists Play Service, Room literary magazine and The Daily Beast.

Brooks earned a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Otis College of Art and Design. In addition to the Atlantic Council, she is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright’s Center and Pacific Resident Theatre. 

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