Keith Antar Mason is a poet, playwright and performer whose stage and literary works have been presented extensively throughout the United States and Britain for over two decades, including the LIFT festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New World Theater, theWalker Center for the Performing Arts and the National Black Theater Summit "On Golden Pond" in New Hampshire.
Mason’s poems, stories and essays have been published in dozens of publications, including; Black Theater: Ritual Performance in the African Diaspora (Temple University Press),Beyond the Frontier: Afrikan-American Poetry for the 21st Century (Black Classic Press),Let’s Get It On: The Politics of Black Performance (Bay Press), and Pacific Review.
Keith Antar Mason has performed and his work produced, internationally in London, Mexico City, and many cities in the U.S., including works commissioned for the Los Angeles Festival and the Serious Fun festival at Lincoln Center.
He writes, directs, and sometimes performs with the Hittite Empire, for which he is the Artistic Director and a co-founding member. In addition to it’s own highly acclaimed repertory of work, the Hittite Empire collaborates with communities around the United States and in the U.K. to create works that grow from experiences and are performed by young African American and African Diasporic men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five.
Through the theatrical process the Hittite Empire provides safe and healing rituals for all who wish to dismiss hatred from their bodies, spirits and minds and love themselves on healed terms.
Mason’s literary achievements also include spoken word recordings. He is the founder of Black Madrid, a Black poetry-jazz-rap-recording collective that has created new works for New American Radio, BarKubCo Music, and New Alliance Records.
Active in numerous arts organizations, Mason is on the steering committee of the National Performance Network and isinvolved with the Saturday Morning Literary Workshop and the California Multicultural Men’s Movement. He is the founding director of the Los Angeles Black Repertory Company in Los Angeles.
Awards and honors include the Brody Arts Fund, Franklin Furnace, Art Matters, Harvard Book Award, the Barbara Mandingo KellyPeace Award and the Midwest Black Playwrights Award.
His most recent book of poems is published by Red Hen Press and he has also penned ten multi-cultural, genre defining screenplays with Clayton Rees Karush.
Keith and Clays Screenplays are available for interested readers & producers here: