Roger Q. Mason is a Black, Filipinx, plus-sized, gender non-conforming, queer artist of color. He is the recipient of the 2020 Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award for achievement in playwriting, following in the footsteps of lauded LGBTQIA+ theatre writers like Billy Porter, Robert Patrick, and Tom Jacobson. Mason honed his writing skills while earning degrees from Princeton University, Middlebury College, and Northwestern University. His work challenges and inspires audiences to re-consider what they’ve been taught and re-think how they feel about those who are different and “other.”Mason’s plays have been seen on Broadway at Circle in the Square (Circle Reading Series); Off/Off-Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, New Group, American Theatre of Actors, Flea Theatre, and Access Theater; and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, EST/LA, Son of Semele, and Skylight Theatre. His play The White Dress, now in development as a feature film, has been called “a genderqueer coming-of-age drama for the they/them generation.” During its successful Off-Broadway debut in the summer of 2019, it was described by critics as “powerful…offering us a dark but hopeful vision.” The script was a finalist for the Lark Playwrights Week and the Screencraft Play Award, judged by David Lindsay- Abaire. Mason’s queer Civil War short play Softer spawned a short film which premiered at Outshine Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. It is now being adapted for television. His historical fantasia Lavender Men, envisioning Abe Lincoln’s
romance with his legal assistant Elmer Ellsworth, will world premiere at Skylight Theatre in the 2020-2021 season.