Sylvia Khoury, Jordan E. Cooper, and Donnetta Lavinia Grays will each receive a $50,000 prize.
The scholarship is named in honor of the lighting designer, who passed in 2020.
Two $2,500 scholarships will support student and professional musicians working in the theatre.
Her ‘Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson)’ imagines a protected Black state founded after a second Civil War.
This year’s theatre fellows include L. M. Bogad, Rebecca Schneider, Mike Lew, Kaneza Schaal, and Sarah Cameron Sunde.
The opera theatre has launched the Opera Writers Diversity and Representation Initiative to increase participation of BIPOC opera artists in their flagship program.
Her play ‘cullud wattah’ is honored, with Kimber Lee’s ‘The Water Palace’ and Ife Olujobi’s ‘Jordans’ also specially commended.
The online festival will feature readings from plays and musicals, as well as talks with writers.
The grant program will benefit ten BIPOC, trans, and disabled artists.
The inaugural fellows include Amara Tabor-Smith, Margo Hall, Rodrigo Reyes, and the People’s Kitchen Collective.