ITHACA, N.Y.: Cornell University has announced Soraya Nadia McDonald, cultural critic for the Undefeated, as the 2019-20 recipient of the George Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. She will receive a cash prize of $10,000.
The award, endowed by the late theatre critic George Jean Nathan, is administered by Cornell’s Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences. The selection committee is made up of the heads of the English departments at Cornell, Princeton, and Yale Universities. In a joint statement, this year’s prize committee cited McDonald’s “ambitious reach and bracing common sense of her criticism.” The committee particularly praised McDonald’s review of King Kong, which addressed the casting of a Black actor as Ann Darrow.