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Clinnesha Sibley


Born in McComb, Mississippi, Clinnesha D. Sibley holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Her involvement in the burgeoning arts community of Northwest Arkansas inspired her to form her own company, Emerge Theatre Group, and become a professor in U of A's Department of Drama. Her book of poetry,Thicker Than Water, was published in 2001 by Dorrance Publishers, the first subsidy publishing company in America. In 2009, she was honored by the Iota Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for being “A Key Woman Educator in Drama”. Her plays have been selected three consecutive years for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Voices at the River Playwriting Residency, and the Arkansas New Play Fest with Theatre Squared, Northwest Arkansas’ Regional Theatre. This is the second time her work has been selected by the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Tell Martha Not to Moan

Tell Martha Not to Moan takes place in a family home in Detroit, 2007. As the presidential election campaign plays out on the national stage and the 40th Commemoration of the Detroit Riot is marked, a series of memories takes us on a unique and personal journey with a devoted and desolate elderly couple. With compelling dialogue and complex relationships, Tell Martha Not to Moan is a glimpse into the changing world as viewed from one African American home.