The Dramatists Guild Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual awards, which honor playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists who show promise in their writing.
Brittany K. Allen is the winner of the Georgia Engel Comedy Playwriting Prize, the winner of the Thom Thomas Award is Avi Amon and Emily Gardner Xu Hall is the recipient of the Stephen Schwartz Award. All three prizes are accompanied by a prize of $ 10,000.
Paulo K Tiról was also named the recipient of the inaugural Benjamin Indick Award, which includes a prize of $ 1,000.
The Georgia Engel Comedy Playwriting Prize is awarded annually to a female playwright who honors that artist’s work in comedy. Brooklyn-based writer and actor Allen is a member of the Youngblood collective of Ensemble Studio’s Theater’s Obie, a former Public Theater Emerging Writers Group and a 2017 Van Lier New Voices Fellow at the Lark. his game Sequoia (2017 and 2020 Kilroys List) premiered at the Portland Center Stage in 2019 and will appear in upcoming seasons at the Jungle Theater and the Ensemble Studio Theater.
The Thom Thomas Prize is awarded to a former DGF member and commemorates playwright Thomas’ passion for nurturing the next generation of playwrights and his appreciation for DGF support for writers. Turkish-American composer, sound artist, and educator Amon is a Jonathan Larson Fellow and has been Artist in Residence with Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, The O’Neill, Goodspeed, Yale, New Dramatists, and more. His credits include Cupids with Zoey Martinson, Mlima’s Tale, The Copper Children, Stew, The Fisherman, The Black History Museum, and Salonika. Amon is the 52nd Street Project’s resident composer and teaches at NYU Tisch.
The Stephen Schwartz Prize is awarded annually to a musical theater writer whose voice is considered essential to the continued success of the art. Composer, lyricist, playwright and actor Gardner Xu Hall won the 2019 American Theater Wing Jonathan Larson Award and was the inaugural recipient of the 2018 “Go Write a Musical” Lilly Award for Women in Theater. Among Gardner Xu Hall’s many credits are Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical, Cymbeline, Mei-Do, Nascent Phase, Nomad Motel with Carla Ching, and Ruth. She is currently developing Untitled Chongqing Musical with Tom Donaghy and working on a film project with Tony and Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
The Benjamin Indick Prize recognizes a mid-career lyricist, librettist or writer for musical theater in honor of the late science fiction writer. The composer, lyricist and writer Tiról was a member of the Dramatist Guild Foundation and artist in residence at Access Theater. His projects include music and lyrics by On this side of the world book, music and lyrics for Called and Love songs, and orchestrations for Ma-Yi Theater Co. Felix Starro.
“I cry because I thought about how difficult it was during the pandemic to keep writing and how difficult it was for everyone to cope with all of the circumstances,” the recipient said. Gardner Xu Hall. “I’m so, so grateful, and I feel so, so lucky.”
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Inside the 2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation gala honoring Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty