Magazine article American Theatre

Awards & Prizes

Magazine article American Theatre

Awards & Prizes

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The National Theatre Conference, founded in 1925 and dedicated to the welfare and development of the American stage, held its annual meeting in January at New York's Players Club. The association's Person of the Year award went to actor Marian Seldes who, in turn, presented the Paul Green Foundation award to actor Kathleen Early. Other honorees were Naomi lizuka, who won the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award for emerging playwrights, and Chicago's Goodman Theatre, which received the outstanding achievement award given yearly to a theatre institution.

Also at the Players, Laurence Senelick received the prestigious George Jean Nathan award for dramatic criticism for his book The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre (published by Routledge). The award--named for the influential critic and administered by Cornell University's department of English--carries a $10,000 purse. Senelick is a professor of drama at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His other publications include Gender in Performance and Lovesick: Modernist Plays of Same-sex Love.

Finally, this month, at yet another ceremony taking place at the Players: HOLA, the Hispanic Organization for Latin Actors, will recognize Fox TV's Geraldo Rivera with an ILKA Award for his reporting of the Afghanistan war. The award is named for HOLA's founder, Ilka Tanya Payan.

This year there are two recipients of the Sir John Gielgud Fellowship, recognizing early-career directors with interests in classical theatre: Valerie Curtis-Newton, a faculty member at the University of Washington, and Annie Dorsen, a graduate of Yale School of Drama. …

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