Six U.S. playwrights have been named as finalists in the 2010 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association ATCA) New Play Award, a national competition run by ATCA, the professional organization of U.S. theater critics.
The six finalists are up for $40,000 in awards, including one $25,000 first-place award and two $7,500 citations. The awards go to the writers of the scripts judged to have been the best produced in a regional theater outside New York the previous year.
Playwright Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother; Getting Out, the books for the musicals The Secret Garden and The Color Purple) was at Rollins College’s Annie Russell Theatre Friday morning to talk about working in the theater.
Norman is co-director (with Christopher Durang) of the playwriting program at the Juillard School in NY, where she’s been on the faculty since 1994. As a speaker, she’s funny and direct, and I got the feeling she’s probably a terrific teacher for aspiring playwrights. Here’s a little of what she had to say: