Kesselring Prize

Chair

David Glanstein

Members

Arnold Davis, Inge Ivchenko, Colleen Katz, Charlotte Kent, Linda Selman, Ava Warbrick, Marguerite Yaghjian
Artistic Advisor: Michael Parva, Artistic Director of the Directors Company of New York

  



Pictured: The 2018 Kesselring Prize Winner James Ijames with special guest artists Jonience Abbott Pratt, Ben Pelteson, Lindsay Smiling, Anthony Martinez Briggs, and John Fitzgibbon.


The Kesselring Prize for playwriting was established in 1980 by Club member Charlotte Kesselring – widow of noted playwright and Club member Joseph Kesselring – to honor and support as yet not nationally recognized playwrights with an honorarium and indirect support towards development of their work. Among its past recipients are Lucas Hnath, Tony Kushner, Nicky Silver and Anna Deavere Smith.
     The 2018 Kesselring Prize Jury included John Guare, best known as the author of The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation, Lincoln Center Theater Dramaturg Anne  Cattaneo, and Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage whose plays include 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Sweat. 
     The Prize is awarded annually and consists of a $25,000 honorarium to each winner plus the opportunity for the winner to reside at the Club’s historic landmark clubhouse to assist in development of their work.



  • Kesselring Prize Winners
    • Kesselring Prize Winners

      2017 – Lauren Yee
      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

      •  Hold The Date – Monday November 4, 2019 for the 2019 Kesselring Prize Award Presentation and Reception


      Kesselring Prize Winners in the News

      2015 Kesselring Prize Winner Lucas Hnath’s new play Hillary and Clinton starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow begins previews in New York on March 16, 2019 and will open April 18 at the Golden Theater. 2016

      Kesselring Prize Winner Lindsey Ferrentino‘s new play The Year To Come will open at the La Jolla Playhouse
      from December 4-30.