Dustin Hoffman is one of the seven honorees in various performing arts disciplines at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, taking place in December. Hoffman was recognized for his versatile body of work, including the 1989 Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice and his Oscar-winning performance in the film Kramer vs. Kramer.
In a ceremony at New York City’s Lincoln Center Theater in October, David Henry Hwang was presented with the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The prize came with $200,000 and “The Mimi,” a statuette designed by David Rockwell. Previous award recipients are Tony Kushner and Lynn Nottage.
David Lindsay-Abaire and Naomi Wallace are the 2012 recipients of the Horton Foote Prize. Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People was named outstanding new American play and Wallace’s The Liquid Plain was named promising new American play. They will each receive $15,000 and a photograph of Foote.
Composer/lyricist Adam Gwon is the recipient of the first annual Donna Perret Rosen Award for musical theatre excellence, presented by Second Stage Theatre in NYC. The prize comes with $10,000.
Arizona Theatre Company has awarded its 2012 National Latino Playwriting Award to Michael Mejias for Ghetto Babylon. The prize comes with $1,000 and a reading this February during ATC’s new-play reading series Café Bohemia.
The Lark Play Development Center in NYC named its five Playwrights Workshop Fellows for 2012–13, who will develop new plays at the Center. The five fellows are Stefanie Zadravec, Chisa Hutchinson, Kimber Lee, Rajiv Joseph and Dominique Morisseau.
New Dramatists in NYC has announced the addition of six playwrights into its company: Christina Anderson, Andy Bragen, Clarence Coo, Erin Courtney, Laura Marks and Kenneth Prestininzi. They will be in residency through 2019.
Tony Taccone, artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, received the Margo Jones Award at his theatre in October. The award is given by the Ohio State University Libraries and OSU Arts and Humanities.
F. Murray Abraham was awarded the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre at a gala in October, presented by the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.