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Perri Gaffney

Actress and Co-Author, “The Business of Broadway”
Perri Gaffney — Photo Credit: Shefik

Photo Credit: Shefik

Perri Gaffney adapted her debut novel, "The Resurrection of Alice", into a one-woman play that won the 2014 African-American Arts Alliance of Chicago Outstanding Actress Award, the 2014 Black Theater Alliance's Best Lead Actress Award (Chicago), and has received many nominations, including the 2014 Black Theater Alliance's Best Play and Best Playwright Award categories, Outstanding Lead Actress-Drama by the 2014 Helen Hayes Awards (Washington, D.C.), and Best Solo Performance by the Audelco Awards (New York City).

Gaffney wrote and performs Josephine, a multimedia monodrama, based on the life of Josephine Baker. She wrote and appears in The Consequences, an independent feature-length film, and wrote and narrates C2EA: The Campaign to End AIDS, a feature-length documentary. Gaffney is a freelance contributor to Routes: A Guide to African American Art and Culture, an online publication ( She wrote The Substitute, a compilation of short stories, has written numerous other plays, and has been commissioned to write several poems, including "Something Marvtastic" (a memorial poem for Larry Leon Hamlin, founder of the National Black Theatre Festival) and "Kickin' It With My Girl Friends" (a celebration for the Ohio Chapter of Girl Friends, Inc.).

Gaffney lives in New York City.

Last Updated: March 12, 2017