Under Construction: Ladyville
Three sisters are the only people left in their town that has yet to be taken by a sinister, formless entity, “The Calling.” Constantly living in terror and fighting for their lives, the unexpected arrival of a long-lost friend gives them hope. Will they figure out if it’s false before “The Calling” returns to take its next victim?
Aja Houston is a Los Angeles-based playwright that hails from Everywhere, USA via Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Madison, NJ, Rochester, NY and The Bay Area. Aja creates with passion, politics, and magic to build off-kilter, uncanny, and whimsical worlds that humanizes people of the Black diaspora.Aja is a graduate of the M.F.A in Dramatic Writing program at The University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, and a provisional member of Antaeus Theatre’s Writer’s Lab.
Some of Aja’s work includes: Terrorist is Spelled K-A-R-E-N (developed at The Road Theatre, ATLA Zoom Festival 2020, Under Construction Zoom Festival 2020) Journey to Alice (Eugene O’Neil Theatre Conference Semi-Finalist 2019, New Works Festival III at Pasadena Playhouse 2019, Inkwell Theater’s Max K. Lerner Fellowship 2018) Counting (Inkwell Theatre Max K. Lerner Fellowship 2019, New Works Festival II at USC’s Massman Theatre 2018) The Flight of Emina and Zubaida (Playwright’s Arena, Iron Tongues Festival 2017) Floating on Credit (Dionysian Literary Magazine, Published 2017) Remembrance (DC Black Theatre Festival “Festival Favorite” 2014) and The Spooks (Towne Street Theatre 10 Minute Play Festival 2014)
Regional: Steel Magnolias, The Goodbye Girl, Jefferson’s Garden at LA Theatre Works, The Suppliant Women, Honky, Yard Sale Signs, Stopkiss at Rogue Machine Theatre, The Death of Griffin Hunter, Just Say No, Bomba Trilogy, Food for Fish, Young Playwrights Festival at Theatre of NOTE, Slither, Diet of Worms at Chalk Repertory I Go Somewhere Else at Playwright’s Arena, Jean Anouilh’s Antigone at A Noise Within, The Exorcist at Geffen Playhouse, Stuff Happens at Mark Taper Forum, Going to St. Ives at Actors Co-op, The Maids at Stage 52, The Family of Mann at The Attic Theatre, Romeo and Juliet at Boston Court, Bailey’s Café at Hartford Stage, Mama, I Want to Sing International Tour; Directing – My Children, My Africa at Actors Co-op, The View from Here at The Actors Workout Studio, Around the Clock Festival at Rogue Machine Theatre, Local Story, NOTEworthy Playwrights Workshop at Theatre of NOTE, The Colored Museum at Ames Hall
TV: The Trial on Adult Swim, Goliath, Hand of God on Amazon, Leverage on TNT, Doubt, NCIS, Criminal Minds, The Young & The Restless, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace on CBS, Aquarius, Las Vegas, Passions on NBC, Focus Groupies on Funny or Die, Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff on YouTube, Vanished on Fox, The Shield on F/X
Film: Voodoo Macbeth, On Time, Lemon, Elizabeth Blue, Stairways, The Lost One, The Social Network, Rule of Three, The Making of “Grits”, Caterpillar’s Kimono, God’s Waiting List, Art, Breathe, Slack Trek: The X Generation
Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art – Postgraduate Classical Program, Stephen Book Workshop, Wallace Audition Technique, Annie Grindlay Studio; Harvard Law School, Harvard College
Awards: Best Actress Award, Ikuska Film Festival, Spain and Grand Off Int’l Film Festival, Poland; Best Dramatic Performance nomination, Sunscreen Film Fest West; Best Actress, Mockfest; Best Female Comedy nomination, Stage Raw Awards; Best Lead in a Two-hander, Stage Scene LA Award, Best Actress nomination, Stage Raw and NAACP; Best Supporting Actress nomination, NAACP Theatre Awards