Bonnie Greer is an American-British playwright, author, critic and commentator, raised on the Southside of Chicago; and a former New Yorker. There she was a member of the Actors Studio Playwright And Directors Unit under theatre legend, Elia Kazan.
She has lived in the UK since 1986. Her plays there have been performed on the London stage including the West End and on BBC Radio. Her last radio play, “Ferguson” (2016) was BBC Play of the week and her last stage play “The Hotel Cerise” was staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2016.
She has appeared as a panellist on television programmes such as Newsnight Review and Question Time and on CNN.
She is a regular contributor to Sky Arts “Discovering Film” Series, as well as a contributor to Sky Arts programmes on Picasso and Van Gogh.
She has served as Deputy Chair of the British Museum, and has served on the Boards of the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and the London Film School. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in Drama from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her portrait, by the Scottish Ghanaian artist Maude Sulter, is in the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
In 2010, she was named by The Observer Newspaper as one of 300 UK Public Intellectuals. She is the only woman playwright on the list. In 2010, she was made an OBE by the Queen for her services to the Arts.