Will Power is an award-winning playwright and performer who combines classic folklore with modern elements. His work sends audiences on a path of self-discovery by discussing complex themes and attempting to answer the questions people are afraid to ask. His musical Stagger Lee
(2015) spanned the twentieth century, tracing mythical characters in their quest to achieve the American Dream. Its deep-seated themes of racism and power were translated through Joplin-inspired tunes, R&B, and hip-hop. Awards and honors include the Andrew W. Mellon Playwright in Residence Fellowship, a USA Prudential Fellowship, a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, and a Drama Desk Award nomination, among others. Currently, he is Artist in Residence at Southern Methodist University and working on Wade in the Water
. He describes it as a “Nuvo-Gospel Musical,” or a work that brings a more contemporary viewpoint to a traditional Biblical or gospel tale. It is being commissioned and developed at Center Theater Group
in Los Angeles.