Judy Tate is a 20-year member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. Judy is also co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of The American Slavery Project, which is a theatrical response to revisionism in our nation’s discourse around slavery, the Civil War and Jim Crow. ASP supports African-American writers who write about the era, creates conversation in the community and provides educational workshops. ASP’s first original piece debuted in 2013 and was presented at the New York Historical Society, Cap21, The Shabazz Center. Judy’s own plays, productions and/or workshops include Fast Blood (EST, Passage Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Lark, Epic Theatre Ensemble); Slashes of Light (developed at EST Going to the River, CAP21, The Black and Latino Playwrights festival) will receive a full production, May 2014 at the Kitchen co-produced by the Civic Ensemble; Sex in the Kitchen (EST Octoberfest 2010, CAP21 2011-12) , The Point and Mistaken for Genius (both at The Women’s Project) and The Argot. Theatre awards include: Manhattan Theatre Club playwriting fellowship; the New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award; and the 2011 Women in Arts and Media Collaboration Award (honored finalist). Her television writing includes Another World, Days of Our Lives and As the World Turns. She has won four Emmys and a Writers’ Guild of America award. A professional actor for many years, Judy has worked in theatres throughout the United States and in Southern Africa. As a teaching artist she has worked with playwriting students in alternative schools, prisons, shelters, from reservations and townships both independently and with MTC, TDF and the International Theatre and Literacy Project. It is her 14 years of work with high school inmates on Rikers Island that inspired her TV pilot, Lockdown High. She is an alumna of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts conservatory program where she studied with Stella Adler and was an honors graduate receiving the Founder's Day Award, Seidman Award and Beinecke Award for excellence in acting and academia.