Mariah L. Richardson Is a native St. Louisan. She received her BA in Communications from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Smith College in Playwriting. Mariah began her acting career while in New Mexico. Afterwards, she returned to St. Louis and did two seasons with the St. Louis Black Repertory and three seasons with Metro Theater Company. Her HBO/New Writers Project solo performance show, all that… has toured throughout the country. Her play, Sistahs Indeed! was a main stage production at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park in 2008. In 2007, Metro Theater Company commissioned her to write Delilah’s Wish which won a Kevin Kline Award in 2011 and was published by Dramatic Publishing. Gitana Productions commissioned Soy Yo! An Afro-Latina Suite  in 2013 which premiered at the Krantzberg and remounted at the Missouri History Museum in 2014.  Her last play, Idris Elba is James Bond,  premiered in March 2017 at STLCC.  She has been commissioned by UMSL to adapt Alice in Wonderland for fall 2018.  

Mariah is a budding filmmaker with several films under her belt. Her first short film 5 of Cups which premiered in The Center’s Film Festival in New York in 2004. Her third film, Beautiful Hands made the rounds in film festivals, being screened by Chicks with Flicks in New York City and The St. Louis International Film Festival, Fall 2006. Her last short, Lies We Tell Ourselves was in the 2011 St. Louis filmmakers Showcase and will be in the St. Louis International Film Festival in November. As well as actor and filmmaker, Mariah is also an accomplished poet having her work published in many anthologies and magazines such as Essence, Sinister Wisdom, and Harbinger as well as her own chapbook titled, Stronger Than My Fears. 

She is an Assistant Professor for St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. She has taught in after school programs, residences and homeless shelters from Los Angeles to New England. Mariah’s goal is to combine all the things she loves; education, poetry, performance, film, and music together to create work which inspires others to tell their own stories and radiate the Creator Spirit within.