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.
The 2017 Kesselring Gala will be held on November 5, 2017 at The National Arts Club.
In 2016 Lindsey Ferrentino (shown here with Guest Speaker Tovah Feldshuh) was awarded the prize for her play Ugly Lies the Bone, submitted by The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The judges were John Guare, author of The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation; Anne Cattaneo, Dramaturg at Lincoln Center Theater and Creator/Head of Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab; and Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, MacArthur Fellowship winner, professor of theater at Columbia University and lecturer at Yale University. Ms. Ferrentino’s winning play is now being staged at The National Theater, London.
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