cheryl davis - musical book writer, lyricist, playwright
Cheryl received the Kleban Award as a librettist for her musical Barnstormer (written with composer Douglas J. Cohen) about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. Her musical Bridges (also written with composer Doug Cohen) was commissioned and produced by the Berkeley Playhouse; it received great reviews, including from the San Francisco Examiner, and received a series of readings in NYC in November 2018 as part of Amas Musical Theatre’s “Dare to Be Different Festival”. Her play Maid’s Door was produced at the Billie Holiday Theatre, received seven Audelco Awards, was presented at the 2015 and 2017 National Black Theatre Festivals (and recently at the Human Rights New Works Festival in Birmingham Alabama), and was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize. She is currently co-librettist on an adaptation of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha for the Volcano Theatre Company in Canada; it is scheduled to receive its world premiere in April 2020.