Taylor Mac News, Paul Green Award & Emerging Professional Award Recipients and New Play Exchange Info
NTC 2020 Person of the Year Taylor Mac has won the International Ibsen Award. According to American Theatre Magazine: "The award, considered to be the Nobel Prize for Theatre, is gifted every two years and comes with a $300,000 cash prize. It is given to an individual or company that has brought new artistic dimensions to the world of drama or theatre...The award ceremony is usually presented as part of the Norwegian National Theatre’s biennial Ibsen Festival, which has been postponed and reimagined as a digital celebration. The ceremony will now kick off a special live-streamed event entitled Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic! on Dec. 12 at 8pm EST."
According to Rolling Stone, Taylor is the first American to receive this award. The magazine also touts a new album: "On November 13th, Mac plans to release Holiday Sauce, an album that Mac dedicates to the legendary Mother Flawless Sabrina, Mac’s drag mother, who died in December 2017. In the liner notes, Mac writes: 'What better way to celebrate the winter solstice than through motherhood? Especially drag motherhood. In ancient Roman times, gender-play was a key element of Saturnalia...'"
Playbill also reports on Mac's award and quotes the International Ibsen Award Committee: "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."
Taylor Mac will join us for a virtual NTC Person of the Year Award presentation, conversation and Q&A at our December 4-6 NTC Conference. Reserve your schedule: Saturday, December 5, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm EST!
Taylor Mac has chosen Graham KG Garlington to receive the 2020 Paul Green Award. Selected by the recipient of the Person of the Year Award, The Paul Green Award recognizes and encourages excellence in new professional theatre talent and is presented to a young theatre artist. Graham is a 2018 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where they received a BA in Music, Theatre and Film.
His latest bio:
Graham KG Garlington is a trans non-binary singer-songwriter, activist, experimental musical theatre composer, and drag artist. He's been assistant directing off-Broadway and performing (Till, NYMF, 2019; Only Human, 2019; Chance in America’s Favorite All-Boy Band, The Tank, 2018; Countee in the Crocus Eaters, Trans Lab, 2018; Kitt in Beasts of Warren, The Syndicate & Scottish Rite Theatre, 2018 & 2020) since graduating Sarah Lawrence College in 2018. They are currently working on their third musical while working and performing with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. They look forward to a future where the police are abolished and the capitalist white suprematist state falls in favor of BIPOC queer/trans liberation.
NTC 2020 Outstanding Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, has named Reginald L. Douglas as recipient of the NTC 2020 Emerging Professional Award. Selected by the Outstanding Theatre Award recipient, this Award is presented to a person demonstrating exemplary promise in a professional theatre organization. A graduate of Georgetown University, Reginald is a director, producer, and advocate dedicated to creating new work and supporting new voices, and the Associate Artistic Director at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. His full bio can be read here.
Nan Barnett, NTC Member and Executive Director of the National New Play Network, send us info on their New Play Exchange. It is truly an amazing way to connect with plays and playwrights, whether you are a writer, a reader, a theatre, or an institution of higher learning! Nan tells me that the site offers access to information on more that 9000 writers and 37,000 plays, most fully downloadable for reading). Also, in the two years since the higher education subscriptions began there are now more than a million students and faculty members with access! The prices are low, averaging around $15/year! Here's a pitch from them:
The New Play Exchange—the world’s largest digital library of scripts by living writers—has revolutionized the theater industry. Launched in 2015 as an answer to the broken and outdated processes by which scripts and theater-makers were finding one another, the NPX now boasts more than 37,000 scripts by more than 9,000 writers. The platform’s latest innovation surpasses its previous success exponentially. With the introduction of Higher Education subscriptions, students and faculty can now search the NPX from anywhere they can access their institution’s network. In our new landscape, the NPX is proving to be an invaluable tool for educators and students no matter where they are currently learning. Robust search filters make it easy to find scripts for discussion or analysis that are perfectly aligned with your curricula. Whether you’re examining the Black Lives Matter movement, the impact of climate change, women’s suffrage, modern love, or a host of other timely or timeless topics, the NPX’s keyword search capabilities will point you toward new, relevant scripts. Contact and Rights Inquiry features allow you to reach out to writers with questions – or to request performance rights – with a single click. The NPX is ready to expand the possibilities for harnessing the empathy, curiosity, and appetite for inquiry that art infuses into any subject, with an eye toward creating a more equitable, inclusive cultural landscape in the process.
To learn more, contact them here: http://bit.ly/NPX4EDU
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