Micah Ariel Watson is a filmmaker, playwright, and screenwriter whose work explores the Black imagination, love, and the sacred. She is a 2020 MFA graduate of NYU Tisch.
Micah’s play Alaiyo is the 2020 recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, Hip-Hop Creator Award, Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, received distinction for the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and was a finalist for the Leah Ryan Playwrights prize. Micah was also a 2019 Sundance Theater Lab Finalist and a 2019 O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist for Wake Up Music!
Micah’s web-series Black Enough, of which she is the writer, director, and executive producer is currently streaming on YouTube. She is in post production for the second season of the series. Micah’s feature directorial debut Preserves is in development. The project was a recipient of the SFFILM Westridge Grant and a participant in the Gotham Week Project Market.
In 2022, her play Canaan, the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Undergraduate Playwriting Award, was produced by The Kansas African-American Museum in Wichita and Kansas City, Kansas. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Micah recently completed an Artist Residency with The Memory Project at the University of Virginia.