Riz Ahmed

Is the TV writers room facing its diversity problem? Playwrights raise the question

Is the TV writers room facing its diversity problem? Playwrights raise the question

Before she agreed to attend a Times photo shoot of playwrights working in television, Heidi Schreck asked her agent for information.

“I’m trying to get a little more context about the piece, particularly the level of diversity of the names presented. Are you interviewing any writers or showrunners of color?” her agent wrote the reporter by email, before listing some writers that immediately came to mind, including Carla Ching, Tracey Scott Wilson, Tanya Barfield, Dominique Morisseau, Tanya Saracho and Christopher Oscar Peña.

Not long after that, playwright Sheila Callaghan texted: “I’m not sure how many people of color landed on your...

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