Phyllis MacBryde

(Author, Composer) is the recipient of the North Carolina Playwright's Fellowship for writing Cowboy Cafe, a fellowship awarded by the North Carolina Arts Council. Among her other writing awards are the Academy of Motion Pictures' Nicholl Fellowship Finalist, Montage Entertainment's Diversity in Screenwriting Workshop sponsored by HBO, and Short List finalist for the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Novel Competition. Cowboy Cafe premiered at The Blowing Rock Stage Company in North Carolina and subsequently received mainstage productions at theaters in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Reworked at the New River Dramatists at Healing Springs, the latest version has seen productions in New Jersey and North Carolina.

Ms. MacBryde began her career as an actor in the New York City experiemental downtown theater scene and in commercial theater, performing roles in musicals from Circle in the Square, to the Arena Stage in Wahsington, D.C., national tours and leading summer stock theaters.

Her playwriting skills earned her membership in New York's American Renaissance Theater, where she developed a series of projects. Extras, a play with music, premiered at Pittsburgh's ART. She has recently completed Zinzi, a novel. At New River Dramatists in Healing Springs, she began developmental work on a musical version of the Zinzi story. She is the writer/producer of Branford Marsalis - Steep, a film on the jazz artist. The film has aired internationally and is distributed by Sony Music Video.