The Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting

This award is offered to the outstanding student-written play that play that explores issues of gender, diversity, and sexual orientation.

One of KCACTF’s most distinguished alumna, Paula Vogel is a new inductee to the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Her play, How I Learned to Drive, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as winning her second OBIE.It has been produced all over the world. Other plays include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot'N'Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, and The Oldest Profession. In 2004-5 she was the playwright in residence at The Signature Theatre in New York which produced three of her works. Her new play A Civil War Christmas was produced at The Long Wharf Theatre in November 2008, directed by Tina Landau. This past season it was produced at Theatre Works in Palo Alto, CA and by the Huntington Theatre in Boston. She is currently playwright in residence at the Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as an artistic associate at Long Wharf Theatre. Work in progress includes a commission for Yale Repertory (based on The God of Vengeance), a work in collaboration with director Rebecca Taichman, and a new play, Jitterbugging and the War Effort. Theatre Communications Group has published three books of her work, The Mammary Plays, The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays and The Long Christmas Ride Home. A Civil War Christmas will be published in Fall 2011.Most recent awards include the 2010 William Inge Festival Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award (past recipients include Arthur Miller, Horton Foote, Edward Albee, and August Wilson). She was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in April. Last year, she was awarded the Stephen and Christine Schwarzman Legacy Award for Excellence in Theatre for lifetime achievement and excellence in teaching. She is most honored to have two awards to emerging playwrights named after her: the Paula Vogel Award, created by the American College Theatre Festival in 2003, and the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting is given annually by the Vineyard Theatre, since 2007: its first recipient was Yale School of Drama alum Terrell McCraney.

Ms. Vogel won the 2004 Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the OBIE for Best Play in 1992, the Rhode Island Pell Award in the Arts, the Hull-Warriner Award, The Laura Pels Award, the Pew Charitable Trust Senior Award, a Guggenheim, an AT&T New Plays Award, the Fund for New American Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the McKnight Fellowship, the Bunting Fellowship, and the Governor's Award for the Arts. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was recently awarded a Thirtini, a most coveted award, from 13P in New York. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, as well as Yaddo. Paula Vogel is the Eugene O'Neill Professor (adjunct) of Playwriting and former Chair of the Playwriting Department of the Yale School of Drama.


* First Place is a cash prize of $1000.

* Professional Development Fellowship. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival will provide the award recipient with an all-expenses paid professional development opportunity.

* Second Place is a cash prize of $500 to the playwright.

Dramatists Guild Award. The Dramatists Guild Award provides the playwright with Active membership in the Guild.

All student who attend a college that participates in KCACTF by entering a production or productions for response at the Associate or Participating level may submit their plays for consideration for this award.  Entries do not need to be produced by their schools for consideration in this award category.  The play must comply with the guidelines for scripts entered in the KCACTF Michael Kanin Playwriting Program.

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