Meet Prince Duren: Author of Delta Secret

Written by Christopher Lemieux on May 1st, 2016

Prince Duren was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi and is the third in his family of four boys. His mother moved to Muskegon, Michigan, where he attended Muskegon High School and participated in Upward Bound, a program for college-ready students who needed financial support. He graduated in 2003. Prince graduated from Jackson State University in 2009 with a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in English. While in college, Prince was drawn and exposed to a new world called theatre. It was here that he was bitten by the clichéd “acting bug”. Prince was involved in many productions including Before it Hits Home (Douglas). The Colored Museum (Walter Lee Bo Willie). Mama I Want to Sing (DJ). Bubbling Brown Sugar (Skip). During the 2007-2008 school year, Prince was president of the MADDRAMA Performance Troupe, a campus organization showcasing the beauty and culture of the African American art. After graduation, he completed his MFA training in Playwriting from the University of Arkansas. It was here where he learned the art of creating and performing for the stage. During his matriculation, he performed in productions such as: Waiting to Be Invited (Palmeroy Bateman). Anonymous (Pascal). Exonerated (Delbert Tibbs).

Awards:

2013 Summer Resident at the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference

2013 Boston College Arts Festival Participant

2013 KCACTF National Lorraine Hansberry Award for Playwriting (Delta Secret)

2013 KCACTF Regional 6 Finalist for Playwriting (Dances with Football)

2012 Mississippi Theatre Association Award for Playwriting (The Verdict)

2012 Guest Dramaturgy for Alabama Shakespeare Festival

2011 KCACTF Regional 6 Honorable Mention for Playwriting (The Verdict)

2011 Featured Work in Stage Black Play Festival (Drinks on Me)

2010 Carrie Hamilton Memorial Scholarship in Playwriting

2009 S. Randolph Edmonds Award in Original Playwriting Competition at 73rd National Association of Dramatic & Speech Arts

2008 S. Randolph Edmonds Superior Award in Original Playwriting Competition 72nd National Association of Dramatic & Speech Arts