Phyllis MacBryde is the recipient of the 1995 North Carolina Playwright’s Fellowship, a fellowship awarded by the North Carolina Arts Council. Among her other writing awards are the Academy of Motion Pictures’ 1999 Nicholl Fellowship Finals and Montage Entertainment's Diversity in Screenwriting Workshop sponsored by HBO. Ms. MacBryde went from North Carolina to New York where she began her career as an actor in musical theater, including stints in commercial star-packages and experimental works developed at Judson Poets Theater in New York. Her playwriting skills earned her membership in New York’s American Renaissance Theater, where she developed a series of projects. She is the writer/producer of “Branford Marsalis - Steep,” a film on the jazz artist that has aired internationally and “Zinzi,” a novel that tracks the origins of bebop through a child’s eyes (selected to the 2004 William Faulkner Writing Competition semifinals). At New River Dramatists in Healing Springs, she began developmental work on a musical version of the Zinzi story, and reworked “Cowboy Cafe,” a country musical, which led to productions in New Jersey (2003) and North Carolina (2004).