The awards will allow 28 productions more time for rehearsal and development with the entire creative team.
Kaneza Schaal’s initiative ‘Towards a New Collectivity’ will partner with five artists this summer.
Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko and Ayla Xuan Chi Sullivan will receive $5,000 to develop new work thanks to a new fellowship for Black trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) playwrights.
This year’s recipients are Ashembaga (Ashe) Jaafaru, Margaret Ogas, and Alys Ayumi Ogura.
Finalists for this year’s prize were ‘Circle Jerk’ by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley and ‘Stew’ by Zora Howard.
Love will receive a $5,000 cash award, developmental guidance, and dramaturgical support from Philadelphia Theatre Co. for his new play, ‘What Will Happen to All That Beauty?’
Need-based grants will be awarded to artists, administrators, and production staff to offset childcare costs.
Core Writers include Mathilde Dratwa, L M Feldman, Franky D. Gonzalez, Yilong Liu, TyLie Shider, Deborah Yarchun, and Nathan Yungerberg.
Headlining this year’s awards gala will be Estelle Parsons, who will receive a lifetime achievement award.
To celebrate the resilience of the city’s Off-Off-Broadway/indie theatres, the awards will focus on lifting up artists and companies rather than productions.