Bought first typewriter and began writing
Co-founded Black Horizons Theatre Company
Began publishing poetry in the early 1970s
Moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hired to write sketches at the St Paul Museum of Science
After return visit to hometown of Pittsburgh; wrote first play "Jitney" in 1979; produced at Allegheny Repertory Theater in 1982
Finished "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"; accepted at the Eugene O'Neill Center
"Fences" accepted at O'Neill Center
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" produced at Yale Rep; transferred to Broadway; initial collaboration with director Lloyd Richards; nominated for a Tony Award as Best Play
"Joe Turner's Come and Gone" first produced at Yale Repertory Theater
"Fences" opened on Broadway; earned Pulitzer and Tony Award as Best Play
"The Piano Lesson" premiered at Yale Repertory Theater
Earned Tony nomination for Best Play for "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"
Continued association with Yale Rep with debut of "Two Trains Running"
Picked up second Pulitzer Prize for "The Piano Lesson"; also received Tony nomination for Best Play
Garnered yet another Tony nomination for Best Play for "Two Trains Running"
Adapted "The Piano Lesson" for television; aired on CBS; also served as a producer; received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing a Miniseries or a Special
"Seven Guitars" premiered in Chicago
Received Tony nod for Best Play for "Seven Guitars"
Premiered rewritten version of "Jitney" at Pittsburgh Public Theater
"Jitney" produced to great success Off-Broadway
New play "King Hedley II" at Pittsbugh Public Theater
Wrote the play "Gem of the Ocean"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Play
Penned the play, "Radio Golf" which premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 2005 (opened on Broadway in 2007, after his death); earned a Tony nomination for Best Play