Established to recognize a woman, femme, trans, or non-binary playwright of the African diaspora, the residency will provide a salary with benefits and full support to pursue creative work.
John J. Caswell Jr. is the recipient of this year’s L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award and the 2022 Jay Harris Commission.
Her play ‘cullud wattah’ is honored, with Kimber Lee’s ‘The Water Palace’ and Ife Olujobi’s ‘Jordans’ also specially commended.
This year’s finalists include Erika Dickerson-Despenza, Miranda Rose Hall, Jiehae Park, and Beth Steel.
This year the annual award will be given to 20 playwrights in an effort to meet the immediate needs of writers.
The 2 playwrights talk about what’s been lost to the pandemic and look to a future in which Black stories are the default, not the exception.