Cheryl L. West is a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include AKEELAH AND THE BEE, FANNIE and SHOUT SISTER SHOUT. Her work has been seen at theaters around the country, including Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Children’s Theatre, St. Louis Black Rep, South Coast Rep, and Manhattan Theatre Club. She has written projects for Disney, Paramount, Showtime, HBO, CBS, BET and others. Ms. West is currently preparing a Broadway-bound revival of her play JAR THE FLOOR, and working on commissions for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Minneapolis Children’s Theater, Goodman Theatre and Seattle Rep.