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Playwright & TV writer Donald Jolly is the runner-up in Script Pipeline’s 2021 TV Writing Contest. He creates bold & heartfelt character-driven dramas/dramedies about LGBTQ+ Black people. His writing draws inspiration from his youth as a queer child of divorce in inner-city DC, tugged between one parent's world of the Black Church & respectability politics; and the other's world of rednecks, 4-H petting zoos, & interracial lesbian romance.

Jolly is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Writers Guild Foundation – Writers Access Support Staff Training Program, and holds degrees from Dartmouth College (1st-generation college grad) and USC School of Dramatic Arts (MFA, Theatre-Dramatic Writing).

Donald is excited to begin a career in the world of episodic drama and hopes to get repped and staffed in the not-too-distant future.

Known For
Queens of Chocolate City, bonded
Guild Membership
Special Skills
Performing Arts


Donald Jolly
Mystery & Suspense Drama

After the mysterious disappearance of a fellow dancer, a naïve newcomer to the world of gay erotic dancing makes a discovery that puts him in the crosshairs of a wealthy philanthropist with a lethal fetish and powerful connections to cover up his crimes.