Cheryl L. West


The Watsons Go To Birmingham
Last Stop on Market Street
Lady Jazz
Shout Sister Shout
Akeelah And The Bee
Squeeze, Hold Release (Motherhood Outloud)
Lizzie Bright and The Buckminster Boy
Pullman Porter Blues
Elocutia Does Pygmalion
Blues To The Bone
Addy: American Girl Story
Birdie Blue – Off Broadway
Play On! – Broadway
Holiday Heart – Off Broadway
Puddin ‘N Pete
Jar The Floor – Off Broadway
Before it Hits Home

The Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Rep.
UC Santa Barbara, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre
Chicago Children’s Theatre and Minneapolis Children’s Theatre
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle Rep
Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Arena Stage
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Seattle Rep
Geffen Playhouse, Primary Stages, Bay Street Theatre, Hartford Stage
Minneapolis Children’s Theatre
Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre
Oregon Shakespeare Theatre
Arena Stage
American Girl/Mattel Corp., Seattle Children’s Theatre
True Color Theatre Dir. Kenny Leon
Second Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh City Theatre
Brooks Atkinson, Cross Roads, Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse
Manhattan Theatre Club, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Playhouse
Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre
Second Stage, Arena Stage and more…
Circle Rep, Arena Stage


Diary of A Single Mom
In The Hive
Holiday Heart

Writer/creator – web series dir. Robert Townsend
Screenwriter – Showtime/MGM


The 90-Day Play: The Process and Principles of Playwriting. October 23, 2017
Squeeze, Hold, Release, in Motherhood Outloud, published by Dramatist Play Service
Women Who Write Plays, edited by Alexis Greene, published by Smith and Kraus, 2001
Jar the Floor in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1992, published by Smith & Kraus.
Before It Hits Home, published by Dramatist Play Service, 1993.
Before It Hits Home in Colored Contradictions, published by Plume/Penguin, 1996. Excerpts from Before It Hits Home in The Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 1994 and The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 1994, published by Smith and Kraus


Guest class lecturer at Gonzaga University, Cornish College, University of Washington, Seattle University, Northwestern University and Holy Names Academy.
Volunteer drama instructor (8 years) at Seattle’s St. Therese Elementary School. Later taught (2 years) through Seattle’s Powerful Schools Education Program via Hawthorne Elementary School.



ROTARY FELLOWSHIP – A year long study at the Jamaica School of Drama with an internship with Sistren Theatre Collective, at women’s popular touring theatre collective in Kingston, Jamaica 1986-1987. Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship for playwriting — three month residency at Arena Stage, 1990.

M.S. 1985 University of Illinois at Champaign, (Journalism)
M.S. 1980 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Rehabilitation Administration)
B. S. 1978 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Criminal Justice/Psychology)