100 Women We Love 2015

We are thrilled to present this year’s 100 Women We Love—an incredibly diverse group of out entertainers, athletes, artists, activists, business leaders and elected officials.

PATRICIA IONE LLOYD

In a perfect world, Patricia Ione Lloyd would be the village storyteller, gathering folks around the bonfire to tell dramatic parables. “But the job market isn´t too good for that,” she laughs. Instead, Lloyd is the next best thing: an accomplished playwright and educator who explores the experiences of women and people of color with humanity and humor. Her work has been developed by the Public Theater, Red Bull Theatre, Dixon Place, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Luna Stage, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, New York LGBTQ Center, Fire This Time Festival, Bleecker Street Theatre and Rising Circle Theatre. Lloyd´s play Black Tale earned her the New Professional Theatre´s Emerging Playwright Award, while her drama This Train is Bound for Glory won Best Play honors from the Downtown Urban Theater Festival. Currently, she is a 2015 fellow of the prestigious Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and a 2016 fellow of the New York Theater Workshop. “Being a playwright is a calling,” Lloyd says. “I try my best to fill in the gaps of histories so that we can look at our past and present with a true reflection to help us have a better future. A strong community acknowledges and celebrates its diversity, laughs hard and loves even harder.” -KL