Douglas Turner Ward

Douglas Turner Ward (born May 5, 1930) is an American playwright, actor, director, and theatrical producer best known as a founder and artistic director of the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC).

As an actor, Turner made his Broadway debut in a small role in A Raisin in the Sun. His first significant artistic achievement would be as a playwright, however. Happy Ending/Day of Absence, a program of two one-act plays, premiered at the St. Mark’s Playhouse in Manhattan on November 15, 1965, and ran for 504 performances. Ward received a Drama Desk Award for his playwrighting.

In 1967, he was one of the founders of the Negro Ensemble Company and served for many years as its artistic director.

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
Director Rose McClendon: Harlem’s Gift to Broadway 1998-99 Season