Douglas Friedlander, Arnold Davis, Colleen Katz, Charlotte Kent, Linda Selman, Ava Warbrick, Marguerite Yaghjian
Artistic Advisor: Michael Parva, Artistic Director of the Directors Company of New York
About The Kesselring Prize
The Kesselring Committee administers the selection and presentation of the annual Kesselring Prize awarded by The National Arts Club. The Kesselring Prize was created to honor and support playwrights on the brink of national recognition. Established in 1980 by Charlotte Kesselring, the prize honors the memory of her husband, playwright Joseph Kesselring, author of the comedy classic Arsenic and Old Lace and a longtime member of The National Arts Club.
Each year, the Club invites theaters from across the country to nominate a play and playwright. The submissions are evaluated by a panel of independent judges. A gala celebration honors the winner with a $25,000 prize plus a residency at the National Arts Club. The evening features readings from the playwright's works and a series of honored guests speaking about the winner's significance in the theater community.
2017 KESSELRING PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Reading and Awards at 4:00 PM
Gala Cocktail Reception to follow from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
UPDATE: Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang will be presenting the 2017 Kesselring Prize and Golden Globe award-winning actress Regina Taylor will be the
guest speaker at this year’s prize ceremony.
pleased to announce the 2017 Kesselring Prize for playwriting has
to Lauren Yee, who was nominated by the Atlantic Theater Company
was previously a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a
Fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging
Group, and a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab.
nominated play The Great Leap will be produced this season at the Atlantic
Kesselring Prize was
in 1980 at the Club by Charlotte Kesselring – widow of playwright
Kesselring – to honor and support as yet not nationally recognized
with an honorarium and indirect support towards development of
Among its past recipients are last year’s winner Lindsey Ferrentino, Lucas Hnath, Tony Kushner, and Anna Deavere Smith.
The 2017 Kesselring
Prize Jury that selected this year’s prize winner consisted of
John Guare, famed American playwright who is best known as
the author of The House of Blue Leaves,
Six Degrees of Separation, and Landscape of the Body;
Dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater and the creator and head of the
Theater Directors’ Lab; and Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer Prize
playwright and screenwriter whose plays include 2017 Pulitzer Prize
Tony nominee Sweat.
There is no charge for the 4:00 PM awards ceremony and
A gala cocktail reception follows the awards ceremony and
featuring an open bar, signature cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, an
antipasto display, featuring sliced meats, assorted cheeses and variety
of vegetables, as well as a Chef’s Display of decadent desserts.
$100 (all inclusive) for non-members/
guests. Guests may purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Click here.
inclusive) for NAC members
RSVP: 212-477-2389 or firstname.lastname@example.org
**There is a 48-hour cancellation policy for this event and please note that the bar and dining room will be closed,
except for attendees of the Kesselring Ceremony.