NEW YORK CITY: The Dramatists Guild of America has announced their 2018 recipients of their annual awards. This year’s winners will include Jocelyn Bioh, Charles Busch, Kirsten Childs, James Anthony Tyler, Isaac Gomez, and R. Eric Thomas. They will be presented with the awards at the Dramatists Guild National Conference in New York, which will take place at the Hilton Midtown on July 28.
Jocelyn Bioh will be presented the Hull-Warriner Award for her play School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play. This prize honors playwrights whose works involve controversial themes and is the only award given by dramatists to dramatists.
The Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition will be given to Kirsten Childs, for her score to Bella: An American Tall Tale. The prize recognizes the achievements of composers and is presented by the Frederick Loewe Foundation.
Charles Busch will receive the Flora Roberts Award. This award honors distinguished playwrights, to recognize and encourage further creation of theatre and is given by the Dramatists Guild Foundation.
The co-recipients of the Lanford Wilson Award will be playwrights Isaac Gomez and R. Eric Thomas. The award honors the work of early career playwrights and is presented by the Dramatists Guild Council.
The six join James Anthony Tyler, who was previously announced as the recipient of the Horton Foote Playwriting Award. The Dramatists Guild will announce the recipient of the Defender Award in the coming days.
Founded in 1912 and originally called the Authors League of America, the Dramatists Guild is an advocacy organization for playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists.