Traveling Masters

The Traveling Masters program is a national outreach program that sends prominent dramatists into communities across the country for writing workshops, master classes, talkbacks, and other public events. Delta is the official Presenting Sponsor of Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters Program

  • Anne Washburn

    2015

Ellensburg, WA

  • Samuel D. Hunter

    2014

Boise, ID

  • Greg Kotis

    2014

  • Mark Hollmann

    2014

Lincoln, NE

  • Steven Dietz

    2015

  • Paula Vogel

    2016

Minneapolis, MN

  • Jason Robert Brown

    2015

Milwaukee, WI

  • Annie Baker

    2014

  • Samuel D. Hunter

    2015

Evanston, IL

  • Andrew Lippa

    2013

Chicago, IL

  • Adam Guettel

    2013

Greencastle, IN

  • Dael Orlandersmith

    2014

Louisville, KY

  • Pearl Cleage

    2015

Albany, GA

  • Cusi Cram

    2015

  • Tina Howe

    2013

  • Christopher Durang

    2012

  • Lisa Kron

    2011

Miami, FL

  • Melissa James Gibson

    2015

  • Craig Lucas

    2011

Philadelphia, PA

  • Amy Herzog

    2015

  • Daniel Beaty

    2013

Washington, DC

  • Andrew Lippa

    2014

Saginaw, MI

  • Andrew Lippa

    2015

Windsor, CT

  • Terrence McNally

    2015

Dallas, TX

  • Madeleine George

    2016

Charleston, SC

  • Lynn Ahrens

    2016

  • Stephen Flaherty

    2016

Kaneohe, HI

  • Terrence McNally

    2016

Buffalo, NY

  • Lauren Yee

    2016

Kansas City, MO

  • Chisa Hutchinson

    2016

Shepherdstown, WV

  • Anna Ziegler

    2016

Pittsburgh, PA

  • Laura Jacqmin

    2016

Ashland, OR

  • Philip Kan Gotanda

    2016

Portland, OR

  • Josefina Lopez

    2016

La Jolla, San Diego, CA

  • Adam Szymkowicz

    2016

San Marcos, TX

  • Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen

    2016

New Orleans, LA
“This experience was an amazing experience for me and I know it is something that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
ESTHER FISHBEIN

New Trier High School, Chicago, IL

“Any chance you can have to meet a seasoned playwright, someone who’s doing what you want to do, is just thrilling.”
Katie Zutter

Carthage College, WI

“To be able to meet people like that, people who are doing work that’s affecting people, impacting other people’s lives. I’m so grateful to have that opportunity, as an artist and as a human being.”
Jeremie Newcomb

Northern Michigan University, MI

Fellows

Bringing together playwrights, composers, and lyricists, the Fellows program provides a unique opportunity for emerging writers to gain professional experience and work with accomplished dramatists.

“The Dramatists Guild Fellows was the single most impactful program that I was a part of as an emerging writer...the lessons we all learned from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty were immeasurable. We all knew them as remarkable writers but only the lucky few of us who were in the fellowship with them knew that they were extraordinary teachers.”
Kait Kerrigan

2009 Kleban Award recipient
2006 Larson Award recipient

“I was in the Fellows during my first year in New York, and it was wonderful to have a little family of writer friends and mentors…And one of the best perks of the whole thing was the series of visits from veteran writers. Ten of us in a room with Doug Wright or Sarah Ruhl or Terrence McNally, picking the brains of our heroes in an Intimate conference room, what could be more awesome?”
Sarah Hammond

2011 Frederick Loewe Award recipient
Resident playwright at New Dramatists

“Being a Guild Fellow opened a lot of doors for me, which I expected. What is more interesting, and perhaps more valuable, is that it also opened my mind to the myriad ways I can be a dramatist and a member of a community.”
Timothy Huang

2013 Jerry Harrington Award recipient
2012 Fred Ebb Award finalist

Awards

The Dramatists Guild Fund recognizes achievement in the theater by administering and/or presenting awards in several categories:

 

THE FLORA ROBERTS AWARD

Named in honor of the famed theatrical agent, is presented to a theater professional in recognition of distinguished work in the theater and to encourage the continuation of that work.

THE KITTY CARLISLE HART AWARD

Established in 2008 in honor of Kitty Carlisle Hart to recognize outstanding philanthropy in the education and support of writers for the theater.

THE KIRKWOOD AWARD

Given in honor of the author and playwright James Kirkwood to a theater whose mission includes the encouragement, nurturing, and mentoring of emerging playwrights.

THE MADGE EVANS & SIDNEY KINGSLEY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THEATER

Given respectively to a worthy stage actress and to a playwright who are in mid-career.

Past Recipients

 

Actress

Year

Playwright

 
 
Cherry Jones
1998
Frances Sternhagen
 
 
Kathleen Chalfant
1999
Christopher Durang
 
 
Marian Seldes
2000
Donald Margulies
 
 
Julie Harris
2001
Romulus Linney
 
 
Uta Hagen
2002
John Guare
 
 
Elizabeth Franz
2003
August Wilson
 
 
Judith Ivey
2004
Terrence McNally
 
 
Ruby Dee
2005
Edward Albee
 
 
Lois Smith
2006
Marsha Norman
 
 
Laura Linney
2008
John Patrick Shanley
 
 
Estelle Parsons
2010
David Ives
 
 
Linda Lavin
2012
Lynn Nottage
 
 
Viola Davis
2014
Lisa Kron
 
 
Audra McDonald
2016
Craig Lucas
 

THE LANFORD WILSON AWARD

The new Lanford Wilson Award, established by a generous contribution from Wilson’s estate and matched by the Dramatists Guild, will bestow $35,000 on a dramatist based primarily on their work as an early career playwright. The award is named after Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony nominated playwright Lanford Wilson who passed away in 2011. A Pulitzer Prize winner for “Talley’s Folly,” Lanford was one of the trailblazers of the Off-Off and Off-Broadway movements. The 2013 recipient for the Lanford Wilson prized was awarded to Francine Volpe in recognition of her outstanding work as an American playwright.

 

Recipient

Year

 
 
Francine Volpe
2013
 
 
Mike Lew
2014
 
 
Lauren Gunderson
2015
 
 

The Music Hall

 

Thanks to the generous support of Carol Hall and The Grisham Foundation, The Music Hall provides free space for writers to create and present their work.

Reserve The Music hall Reserve The Music hall

The Music Hall is available for reservation M-F from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM. For more information about The Music Hall or to make arrangements outside of these hours please email info@dgfund.org.