Bonnie Greer, OBE is an American-British playwright, novelist, critic and broadcaster, who has lived in the UK since 1986. She has appeared as a panellist on television programmes such as Newsnight Review and Question Time and has served on the boards of several leading arts organisations, including the British Museum, the Royal Opera House and the London Film School. She is also the Chancellor of Kingston University and a vice-president of The Shaw Society
Although she began writing plays at the age of nine, Greer originally set out on a legal career, but dropped out when her professor told her he did not think women should have a career in law. Instead she studied theatre in Chicago under David Mamet's supervision and at the Actors Studio in New York with Elia Kazan Greer visited Scotland as part of a production at the Edinburgh Festival in 1986, at that time she made the decision to migrate to the UK. She acquired British citizenship in 1997. She has worked mainly in theatre with women and ethnic minorities, and is a former Arts Council playwright in residence at the Soho Theatre and playwright for NITRO, once known as the Black Theatre co-operative.
She has written radio plays for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, including a translation of The Little Prince. Her plays include Munda Negra, concerning the mental health problems of black women, Dancing On Blackwater and Jitterbug, and the musicals Solid and Marilyn and Ella. Her latest plays are The Hotel Cerise for Theatre Royal Stratford East and Ferguson for BBC radio 4. She is the author of two novels, Hanging by Her Teeth and Entropy. Greer appeared on an edition of Question Time that also featured Nick Griffin, then leader of the British National Party. Commenting after the recording she called it "probably the weirdest and most creepy experience of my life". The encounter formed the basis for her opera, Yes, written for the Royal Opera House with music by Errollyn Wallen.
Bonnie was formerly director of the Talawa Theatre Company and is also a former theatre critic for Time Out magazine. She is currently a contributor to The New European newspaper, the Discovering series on Sky Arts and a regular panellist on CNN Talk for CNN International. Her Series on Black History will be released on Audible soon.