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News Roundup: Mar/Apr 2020
A photo collage of Andrea Stolowitz, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Dianne McIntyre and Lydia R. Diamond
Andrea Stolowitz, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Dianne McIntyre and Lydia R. Diamond

Stolowitz Wins Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s New Play Prize

Portland, OR – DG member Andrea Stolowitz received Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s New Play Award for her new play Recent Unsettling Events.

This award marks the eighth year of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s commitment to Portland area playwrights and new works through the Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award.

In addition to the play’s Portland presentation in the winter of 2020, the play will have a week-long public showing and workshop in New York City in the spring of 2020. Andrea’s other works include The Berlin DiariesIthaka, Antarktikos, Successful Strategies, and Knowing Cairo. Stolowitz currently serves on the faculty of Willamette University. She has also taught at the University of Portland, Duke University
and UC-San Diego. She is the Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence at Artists Repertory Theatre and a member of New Dramatists.

More information about the Portland Civic Theatre Guild is available at

Jacobs-Jenkins & McIntyre Named 2020 USA Fellows

Chicago, IL – The United States Artists (USA) announced today that DG Council member Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and DG member Dianne McIntyre are recipients of the 2020 USA Fellow award. Each of the 50 recipients receive a $50,000 cash award of unrestricted funds. President & CEO Deana Haggag of USA notes, “The 2020 class is the largest cohort of Fellows we have awarded since we relocated to Chicago, and each and every one of them stands out as a visionary influence in their respective field.”

USA Fellowships are annual $50,000 unrestricted awards recognizing the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in all disciplines, at every stage of their career. Each year, individual artists and collaboratives are anonymously nominated to apply by a geographically diverse and rotating group of artists, scholars, critics, producers, curators, and other arts professionals. Applications are reviewed by discipline specific panels who select the finalists, which are then approved by their Board of Trustees.


The Guild Announces Lydia R. Diamond as Recipient of Horton Foote Playwriting Award

New York, NY – The Dramatists Guild of America is proud to announce they will present the 2020 Horton Foote Playwriting Award to Lydia R. Diamond at the Dramatists Guild’s awards presentations in July. The Richenthal Foundation is again sponsoring the award.

This playwriting award, now in its fifth year, bestows $25,000 on a dramatist “whose work seeks to plumb the ineffable nature of being human.” The award is named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oscar-winning, and Tony-nominated playwright Horton Foote, who passed away in 2009. Due to Foote’s longtime association with the Dramatists Guild, the award is administered by the Dramatists Guild Foundation. The first recipients of the award were Stephen Karam, Rajiv Joseph, James Anthony Tyler, Amy Herzog, and Heidi Schreck.

Diamond’s plays include Toni Stone (Audelco Nomination, best play), Smart People, Stick Fly (Broadway), Voyeurs de Venus (Joseph Jeff Award), The Bluest EyeThe Gift Horse, Harriet JacobsThe Inside, and Stage Black. She is currently on faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago where recently she recently directed Intimate Apparel and In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play.

The Horton Foote Playwriting Award will be presented Monday, July 27, 2020, at Joe’s Pub in New York City. The Guild’s other awards, including the Hull-Warriner Award, the Frederick Loewe Award, the Flora Roberts Award, and the Lanford Wilson Award, will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit the Guild’s website: