Douglas Turner Ward

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Douglas Turner Ward
Douglas Turner Ward in the 2012 documentary, The Lion at Rest
Douglas Turner Ward in the 2012 documentary, The Lion at Rest
BornRoosevelt Ward Jr.
(1930-05-05)May 5, 1930
Ascension Parish, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedFebruary 20, 2021(2021-02-20) (aged 90)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, actor, director, theatrical producer
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Period1959–2021
Notable awardsDrama Desk Award
Happy Ending and Day of Absence

Douglas Turner Ward (May 5, 1930 – February 20, 2021) was an American playwright, actor, director, and theatrical producer. He was known for being the founder of the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC).[1] He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1974 for his role in The River Niger, which he also directed.

Ward died on February 20, 2021 in New York City, aged 90.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lopez, Oscar (January 4, 2016). "Fighting with Guerrilla Theater After the Death of Eric Garner". Newsweek. Retrieved January 25, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Nesmith, Nathaniel G. (February 22, 2021). "Douglas Turner Ward, Pioneer in Black Theater, Dies at 90". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2021.