After 3 years as artistic director at Arizona Theatre Company, Daniels will lead new-play development at the Sarasota theatre, particularly of work dealing with addiction and recovery.
The award comes with a $35,000 cash prize to support an original work, along with a residency at the Hermitage and a developmental workshop of the play in a major arts capital in the fall of 2023.
The theatre welcomes the one-time company member, who also has extensive experience in film, into a leadership role.
A graduate of the University of Houston with extensive credits in D.C. and elsewhere, she joins the Atlanta theatre for the 2022-23 season.
How a Shakespeare in the Park production taught this designer that ‘political theatre’ could mean something different for Black and white Americans.
She succeeds Robert Falls at the company where she once worked as director of new-play development, after 21 years leading Atlanta’s biggest nonprofit theatre.
Fellows Tania Crescencio (connectivity), Fatima Dyfan (new work), and Malaya Press (development), will each have paid year-long department-specific positions that include benefits and a housing stipend.
The first awards go writers from Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Connected by their love of theatre, a primarily white liberal arts institution and the largest HBCU in the country have come together to drive industry change and center underrepresented stories.
After 25 years and more than 200 productions, Smith will step down in 2023 to make room for a new chapter at the D.C. theatre.