"This is my...our...this is our city. It's not just about, 'It used to be ours and now it's theirs.' It's everyone's." — Alex Magana
Lynn Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and a screenwriter. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. "Sweat" (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) moved to Broadway after a sold-out run at The Public Theater. It premiered and was commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival American Revolutions History Cycle/Arena Stage, "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), "Ruined" (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award), "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!." In addition, she is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play "Intimate Apparel" into an opera (commissioned by The Met/LCT). She is also developing "This is Reading" a performance installation based on two years of interviews set to open at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, PA in July 2017. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Armory. She is the co-founder of the production company, Market Road Films, whose most recent projects include "The Notorious Mr. Bout" directed by Tony Gerber and "Maxim Pozdorovkin" (Premiere/Sundance 2014), "First to Fall" directed by Rachel Beth Anderson (Premiere/ IDFA, 2013) and "Remote Control: (Premiere/Busan 2013- New Currents Award) Over the years, she has developed original projects for HBO, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Showtime, This is That and Harpo. She is writer/producer on the Netflix series "She's Gotta Have It" directed by Spike Lee. Nottage is the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, Literature Award from The Academy of Arts and Letters, Columbia University Provost Grant, Doris Duke Artist Award, The Joyce Foundation Commission Project & Grant, Madge Evans-Sidney Kingsley Award, MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, Steinberg "Mimi" Distinguished Playwright Award, Nelson A. Rockefeller Award for Creativity, The Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize,Helen Hayes Award, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. Her other honors include the National Black Theatre Fest's August Wilson Playwriting Award, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship and Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton University. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama. She is also an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia School of the Arts. Nottage is a board member for BRIC Arts Media Bklyn, Donor Direct Action, Dramatist Play Service, Second Stage and the Dramatists Guild. She recently completed a three-year term as an Artist Trustee on the Board of the Sundance Institute. She is member of the The Dramatists Guild and WGAE.
Lynn Nottage's articles
"Oh, they could work them 'till they dropped. And so he told me that he worked and, he worked doing the Skyline drive there on that wall and he worked digging sewer systems. They did that work by hand back then." — Frank McCracken
Sign up for newsletters
Environmental literary critic Anthony Lioi unpacks the work of environmentalist media and artists who grapple with global climate change.
"Years ago as an audience member, I was the one shushing people if they made what I considered too much noise. I worried about what I wore and glared at people who texted during shows. Now I go to the theater and all I can see is what an inhospitable environment we have created." - Larissa FastHorse
“We never felt like 'professional' professional artists.” German theater collective Turbo Pascal aggressively creates free and public art in a country where the state-run theater monopolizes professional opportunities.
In his new musical “The Universe is a Small Hat,” writer/director César Alvarez invites audiences to build a society on a techno-utopian space colony.
Transforming Documentary Film into Live Spectacle: Sam Green on Exploring the Fleeting Nature of Being Alive
“I don’t want to make a piece that bums people out. You can start to sound precious saying stuff like this, but in my mind, human connection and empathy are some of the highest aims of art."