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Lynn Nottage (Incumbent)

It has been a joy and honor to serve on The Dramatists Guild Council. As a writer and long-time educator, I remain deeply invested in nurturing and supporting playwrights at all stages of their careers and ensuring that our organization embraces the rich diversity of voices that make up the American theatre. I believe in the notion of community, and that our strength lies in our ability to advocate for each other.

Over the years,  I have had the opportunity to participate on a number of committees, including Publications, Opera, and Nominating. I’m currently the Secretary of the Steering committee, which has allowed me to play an active role in the strategic planning for the organization. It has also helped me to better understand the intricacies of the vital work that the Guild undertakes to protect the rights of composers, lyricists, librettists, and playwrights. I’ve applied what I’ve learned to my work as the Guild’s representative on the Board of The Dramatists Play Service, which is a publishing company co-founded by the Guild, in order to make plays affordable and accessible throughout the country. In addition, I advocate for gender parity as a Board member of the Lilly Awards. I remain committed to fostering an environment that welcomes and celebrates the complexity of voices within our community, and it would be my honor to continue to serve on the council.

BIO: Lynn Nottage is a two time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Her plays include: Floyd’sMlima’s TaleSweat, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Ruined, Intimate Apparel, Fabulation, or The Re-Education of UndineCrumbs from the Table of JoyLas Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por’knockers and POOF!. She conceived This is Reading, a multi-media performance installation based on two years of interviews, at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, PA in July 2017. She is currently working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera, commissioned by The Met/LCT. She wrote the book for the world premiere musical adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Secret Life of Bees, with music by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Susan Birkenhead. Nottage is the recipient of a number of distinguished awards including Three Obie awards, Drama Desk Award, MacArthur

“Genius Grant” Fellowship, Steinberg “Mimi” Distinguished Playwright Award, PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, Merit and Literature Award from The Academy of Arts and Letters, Doris Duke Artist Award, The Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and the inaugural Horton Foote Prize. She is also an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia School of the Arts. Nottage is a board member for  BRIC Arts Media Bklyn, Donor Direct Action, Dramatists Play Service, Second Stage, and the Dramatists Guild.

COMMITTEES: Nominating, Opera, Publications, Steering

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