Stephen McKinley Henderson will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, Ntozake Shange will be posthumously inducted onto the Playwright’s Sidewalk, and A.R.T./New York will be recognized for its Body of Work.
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.
Her posthumous release honors the under-recognized place of Black artists in dance and theatrical history.
Ntozake Shange brought her fearless poetry out of the basements and cafes into the theatre and reached the world.
In 1990, the theatre’s board gambled on a young writer/director with an agenda. It’s paid off: Mann built a team around her vision, attracted new audiences, and steered the company through both crisis and triumph.