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.
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.
• Hold The Date – Monday November 4, 2019 for the 2019 Kesselring Prize Presentation, Reading and Reception At 6:00 PM At The National Arts Club. The Awards Presentation and Reading are free and open to the public.
• 2017 Kesselring Prize Winner Lauren Yee has received the 2019 Whiting Award as an emerging writer in drama. Her music filled play Cambodian Rock Band will have its New York stage premiere at the Signature Theater from February 14 to March 20, 2020.
• Kesselring Prize Judge Stephen Adly Guirgis’s new play Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven will have its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company from November 14, 2019 to December 22, 2019.
• 1993 Kesselring Prize Winner Anna Deavere Smith’s acclaimed play Fires In the Mirror will be revived at the Signature Theater from October 22, 2019 to November 24, 2019.