Lynn Nottage’s new play, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, (Lily Award, Drama Desk Nomination) premiered at Second Stage Theatre where it enjoyed an extended run Off-Broadway. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club and Goodman Theatre (OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play). It subsequently toured widely throughout US regional theatres and premiered internationally at the Almeida Theatre in London. The play has since been produced in countries throughout the world, including Canada, Cambodia, Chad, The Caribbean, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Germany. Her other plays include Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por’knockers and POOF!.
Nottage is the recipient of the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant”, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play (Ruined), Helen Hayes Award (Ruined), the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. Her other honors include the Madge Evans and Kingsley Award, the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is currently a visiting lecturer. She is a co-founder and producer at Market Road Films LLC, a film production company.
As part of her Fellowship, the Institute co-presented post-discussions and programs with Nottage in Chicago and New York City in relationship to her play Ruined which was co-produced by Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Company and premiered at the Goodman Theatre in 2008. The Institute and Nottage continue to collaborate on future related programming including initiatives related to the Institute's Congo/Women exhibition. For more information visit: www.lynnnottage.com