Levi Jelks, an Atlanta born native, is currently the proud co-recipient of the KCACTF Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for his satirical play, A Is For Apron. His most recent play, Day of Saturn, was awarded as a Finalist for the 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference and the 2018 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. He has been named as one of the five winners of the 2019 Humanitas Play LA Festival. In 2011, he graduated from Clayton State University, after studying Playwriting and Directing from Philip Depoy and The Fundamentals of Contemporary Theatre from Shontelle Thrash. He went on to pursue further study of playwriting as an Apprentice at Horizon Theatre, leading him to a full year internship at The Alliance Theatre in 2013, where he mentored under resident playwright, Pearl Cleage, and Celise Kalke, the Director of New Projects. In 2014, he was accepted as a graduate student into the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, where he studied dramatic writing under his professor and co-founder of 13 P, Rob Handel. He is the Second Place Winner of the 2015 Sloan Screenwriting Competition for his screenplay The River Gods. He has fulfilled one of his dreams and is currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, where he has excitedly joined the Playwright’s Union as it’s newest member. He takes his inspiration from James Baldwin, August Wilson and Tennessee Williams.