John J. Caswell Jr. is the recipient of this year’s L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award and the 2022 Jay Harris Commission.
The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was established to recognize a female, trans, or nonbinary early-career director who has demonstrated a unique vision in their work.
Jessica Hagedorn, Cherríe Moraga, Agyeiwaa Asante, Haruna Lee, OyamO, Kirsten Childs, Troy Anthony, and Jay Adana and Zeniba Now are this year’s recipients.
Jake Brasch will develop a new play with groups of students at two colleges in Tennessee.
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.