The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced that DG member DAEL ORLANDERSMITH and Michael John Garcés have been awarded 2020 Doris Duke Awards for Excellence in Theatre. The DDCF has awarded over $10 million to 37 theatre artists since its inception in 2012.
“Getting the award has changed my life,” said Orlandersmith. “I want to thank whoever nominated me and the people on the panel that recommended me for the award. I am eternally grateful, and I send lovelight to you. I am currently moving amid this pandemic and going through the gorgeous, frustrating, painful, and ultimately beautiful process of sorting my things and my life, while also writing in the throes of this. It’s a period of self-investigation and transformation.”
This year's Doris Duke Awards also celebrate six artists in the fields of dance and jazz. Each artist receives an award of $275,000 so that they may “attend to important life needs that can help artists thrive.”
For more information, visit www.ddcf.org.