Kesselring Prize

Chair

David Glanstein

Members

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. 




If you are interested in learning more about the Kesselring Prize or the committee, please email us at kesselring@thenationalartsclub.org.

 

  • Kesselring Prize Winners
    • Kesselring Prize Winners

      2016 – Lindsey Ferrentino
      2015 – Lucas Hnath
      2009 – Rajiv Joseph & David Adjmi
      2007 – Jordan Harrison
      2006 – Mark Schultz
      2005 – Deb Margolin
      2004 – Tracey Scott Wilson
      2003 – Bridget Carpenter
      2002 – Melissa James Gibson
      2001 – David Lindsay-Abaire
      2000 – David Auburn
      1999 – Heather McDonald
      1998 – Kira Obolensky
      1996 – Naomi Wallace
      1995 – Amy Freed & Doug Wright
      1994 – Nicky Silver
      1993 – Anna Deavere Smith
      1992 – Marion Issac McClinton
      1991 – Tony Kushner
      1990 – Elizabeth Egloff & Mel Shapiro
      1989 – Jo Carson
      1988 – Diane Ney
      1987 – Paul Schmidt
      1986 – Marlane Meyer
      1985 – Bill Elverman
      1984 – Phillip Kan Gotanda
      1983 – Lynn Alvarez
      1981 – Cheryl Hawkins
      1980 – Susan Charlotte


      Honorable Mention / Cranefield Awards

      2015 – James Ijames
      2009 – Jenny Schwartz & Alvin McCraney
      2007 – Will Eno, Rinne Groff, Marcus Gardley
      2006 – Bruce Norris
      2005 – Tanya Barfield
      2004 – John Belluso
      2003 – Lynn Nottage
      2002 – Lydia Diamond
      2001 – Dael Orlandersmith
      2000 – Jessica Hagedorn
      1999 – Stephen Dietz
      1998 – Erik Ehn
      1997 – Kira Obolensky & Edwin Sanchez
      1996 – Nilo Cruz
      1993 – Han Ong
      1992 – Jose Rivera
      1991 – Quincy Long & Scott McPherson
      1990 – Howard Korder
      1989 – Keith Reddin
      1988 – Jose Rivera & Frank Hogen
      1987 – Januzsz Glowacki
      1986 – John Leicht
      1985 – Laura Harrington
      1983 – Constance Congden
      1981 – William Hathaway
      1980 – Carol Lashof


  • Kesselring News
    • Kesselring Corner

      The Playwright Lauren Yee Wins the 2017 Kesselring Prize

      • Kesselring Prize Winners on Broadway

      Kesselring judge Lynn Nottage has just won the Pulitzer Prize (her second!)
      for her play Sweat, currently running on Broadway.


      Sweat
      by Lynn Nottage at Studio 54, N.Y.
      “This is a true ensemble work…demands audience attention.”
       
      A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath at John Golden Theater, N.Y.
      “Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play.”

      Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino at National Theater, London
      “Beautiful, richly textured, new play…uncommonly compelling.”
       
      Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare, a Kesselring Prize juror, at Barrymore Theater, N.Y.
      Tony Award nominee for Best Play and for Pulitzer Prize for Drama