The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has announced that DG member TAYLOR MAC will receive the 2020 International Ibsen Award, which is widely-considered to be the ‘Nobel Prize for Theatre.’ Mac, who uses “judy” as a gender pronoun, has made history as the first American to receive the award in its twelve year history. In a statement to Rolling Stone, the International Ibsen Award Committee said that judy “asks fundamental questions about what theatre should be and why it matters in in the 21st century. In a world of increased polarization and divisions, Mac crafts work that shows theatre’s potential to bind and unite audiences, to think about how we relate to culture in its various forms, and what it means to engage with other human beings imaginatively, ethically, and politically, through the act of performance.”
The IIA, which is awarded every two years, honors an individual, institution, or organization that brings new dimension to the world of theatre. In addition to the prestigious award, Mac will receive 2.5 million Norwegian kroner (approxiamtely 300,000 USD), funded by the Norwegian government.