The Defender Award is given in recognition of an individual, group, or organization’s efforts in support of free expression in the dramatic arts. This award is selected annually by the board of the DLDF and will be presented at the Dramatists Guild’s Awards ceremony at a later date.
Previous recipients of the Defender of the Year Award have included Svetlana Mintcheva of the National Coalition Against Censorship, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña, the cast and crew of the musical Hamilton, Edward J. Davis, Howard. Sherman, and Larissa Mark.
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