Kesselring Prize


KESSELRING NEWS
 

• 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 is having its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company until January 5, 2020.

• 2015 Kesselring Prize Winner Lucas Hnath’s new play The Thin Place is running at Playwrights Horizons through January 26, 2020.

•  We note the passing on November 28, 2019 of 1992 Kesselring Prize Winner and 2001 Tony nominated director Marion McClinton.  Former Kesselring Prize Judge and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, who was a 2003 Kesselring Prize Honoree, noted on Twitter that Marion’s “nurturing spirit…touched a generation of theater artists like me, who are here because we walk into your footsteps.”      


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:  2019 Kesselring Prize Winner Inda Craig-Galvàn with special guest artists Danny Johnson, Jay Mayzyck, Heather Alicia Simms, Charles Browning, Jasmin Walker, Kim Yancey Moore, Joniece Abbott Pratt, and Scott Cohen


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 Kesselring Prize Jury includes 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 award winning American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning play Between Riverside and Crazy and for Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. 
     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

      2019 – Inda Craig Galvàn
      2018 – James Ijames
      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