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         Writer. Creator. Artist.



Although born in Las Vegas, Aja fancies herself from Everywhere, USA, due to her nomadic childhood. These nomadic tendencies carried on in adulthood. Starting her career as a theatre actress in London, New York City, and San Francisco, she moved to Los Angeles to shift her focus to playwriting. Aja received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California.


Aja creates plays with passion, politics, and magical realism to build off-kilter, uncanny worlds to tell nuanced, humanizing Black stories led by Black women. 


Aja’s a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab, the Ammunition Theatre Company Writers Lab and,  is an alumnus of The Road Theatre Under Construction Playwrights Group, where she has developed numerous plays.  Some include Journey to Alice, an Eugene O'Neill Theatre Conference Semi-Finalist and Floating on Credit, published in The Dionysian Literary Magazine.


Artistic Statement

MY INTENTION as a playwright is for my work to be the kindling for a transformative, healing light that humanizes women of color.


James Baldwin wrote, "The precise role of the artist…is to illuminate that darkness…to make the world a more human dwelling place."


As a Black American woman, I have desperately sought a dwelling place within the theatre canon that included multi-faceted representations of me throughout my life.


AS AN ARTIST, IT IS MY CHARGE to carve out and demand lighted spaces where Black people throughout the diaspora will be counted without limitations.

I employ magical realism in my work to bend the prescribed ideas of what is possible, what one can be, and BOLDLY CREATE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES.


My plays are heightened character-driven thematic explorations of heritage, identity, self-love, faith, and the reverberations of the psychological scarring of descendants of Black American slaves.


Although my stories are told from my cultural perspective, they are FOR EVERYONE, FROM EVERYWHERE. I believe this is necessary to ensure theatre's future that reflects the diverse world in which we live.

IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR ME to be a part of shaping that future and encouraging the next generation of dramatists to do the same.

Artistic Statement

The Work


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Upcoming Events

  • Waiting (4,380,000 Hours and Counting) -  The Inkwell Theater's LAB Series
    Waiting (4,380,000 Hours and Counting) -  The Inkwell Theater's LAB Series
    Tue, May 17
    Location is TBD
    May 17, 2022, 7:00 PM PDT
    Location is TBD
    When Proctor passes into the afterlife, she finds herself a captive of “The Middle” — a place where Black souls killed for the sin of being “Spooks” are held until they earn their redemption.
  • The Flight of Emina and Zubaida - BCC Ink-ubator Playwrights Festival
    The Flight of Emina and Zubaida - BCC Ink-ubator Playwrights Festival
    Sun, Apr 03
    Waco Theater Center
    Apr 03, 2022, 2:00 PM PDT
    Waco Theater Center, 5144 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601, USA
    A dark, fantastical fable of two fierce sisters who must fight against an evil force to save their lives and legacy, which the world doesn't deem worthy of being saved.
  • HERe- Antaeus Theatre Lab Results Play Reading Series
    HERe- Antaeus Theatre Lab Results Play Reading Series
    Sat, Apr 02
    Antaeus Theatre Company
    Apr 02, 2022, 2:00 PM PDT
    Antaeus Theatre Company, 110 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205, USA
    A grieving Riva journeys into the magical world of the Black Grimm Forest, where Black people come for sanctuary, so she can escape from the life that she no longer wants to live.
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