TyLie Shider is an American writer and the inaugural playwright in residence at ArtYard. A 2022-23 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at the Playwrights' Center (PWC), he is a recipient of Premiere Stages' Liberty Live commission, two consecutive Jerome Fellowships (PWC), and an I Am Soul playwright in residence at the National Black Theatre (NBT).
Upcoming projects include, the fall 2022 NJ premiere of Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family at Premiere Stages, The Gospel Woman (NBT), Whittier (PWC), and his filmmaking debut Sign O' the Times. Screenwriting credits include: Truant. He holds a BA in Journalism from Delaware State University and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. A proud member of the Dramatist Guild, he is currently a Professor of Playwriting at Augsburg University, and a staff writer for Minnesota Playlist.Instagram @theplaywright
In the house of the bloodguilty, in the wake of a recent murder, Dinah, the curious daughter of devout parents, conjures a vexed ghost who begs honor for the shame his murder engenders in heaven; but when her mother senses him, she urges Dinah to defend the family to ensure the release of her father from a system that echoes slavery. The allegorical drama examines familial and romantic soul ties to interrogate the history of justice in America and the nebulous relationship between God, Man, and Sin.