Bonnie Greer is an American-British playwright, novelist, critic and broadcaster. Greer was born on the West Side of Chicago and began writing plays at the age of nine, later studying theatre in Chicago under David Mamet’s supervision at the Actors Studio in New York.
Living in Manhattan’s West Village in the late 1970s and early 1980s, she moved to Britain in 1986 and acquired British citizenship in 1997. 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. She is Vice President of the Shaw Society and Chancellor of Kingston University.
She has worked mainly in theatre with women and ethnic minorities, and is a member of the Arts Emergency Service, a British charity working with 16- to 19-year-olds in further education from diverse backgrounds. Greer was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to the Arts.