Having never even seen a play until high school, Chisa caught up mighty fast by earning a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has since been commissioned to write several plays and has even written a few just for kicks, including DIRT RICH (Summer Stage),SHE LIKE GIRLS (the Lark Play Development Center, Working Man’s Clothes Productions), THIS IS NOT THE PLAY (Mad Dog Theater Company, Cleveland Public Theater), SEX ON SUNDAY (the Lark Play Development Center, the BE Company),TUNDE’S TRUMPET (Summer Stage, BOOM Arts), THE SUBJECT (Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights’ Foundation, Victory Gardens, Partial Comfort, and Rattlestick Theater), MAMA’S GONNA BUY YOU (Inge Center for the Arts), SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER (Cherry Lane, Second Stage), ALONDRA WAS HERE (the Wild Project), and DEAD & BREATHING (the Lark Play Development Center, Contemporary American Theater Festival, National Black Theater)
Chisa has been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a staff writer for the Blue Man Group and an ensemble member of the New York Neo Futurists. She’s won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and a Lanford Wilson Award. Currently, she is a Humanitas Fellow, and a proud member of New Dramatists.