2015 Margo Jones Award Recipient
Emily Mann, playwright and Artistic Director of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, has been named as the 2015 Margo Jones Award recipient. Mann was selected based on her significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of the craft of playwriting and work to encourage the living theatre everywhere.
The award will be presented to Ms. Mann during a ceremony on May 16th at the McCarter Theatre. Speakers will include Nadine Strossen, Jade King Carroll, and Christopher Durang, who received his own Margo Jones Award (along with Marsha Norman) in 2004 for his work with the Juilliard School’s American Playwrights Program.
Emily Mann has piloted the McCarter Theatre for 25 seasons, directing, writing, and/or overseeing over 200 productions in her time there. Under Mann’s direction, the McCarter accepted the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater and the 2013 Tony Award for best new play for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. During her time at the McCarter, Mann has also ensured the ongoing advancement of new plays through commissions and development.
Mann herself is a prolific writer of both original plays and adaptations. Her original works include: Annulla, An Autobiography; Still Life; Greensboro (A Requiem); Meshugah; and Mrs. Packard and her adaptations include: Antigone, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, a free adaptation of The Seagull: A Seagull in the Hamptons and The House of Bernarda Alba (recently staged in London). Having Our Say, wrote and directed by Ms. Mann and adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, appeared on Broadway in 1995. Mann’s adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage premiered this fall at New York Theatre Workshop.
A winner of the Peabody Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Directing Award, Mann is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its council. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University.
Members of the Medal Committee are Deborah Robison for the family of Jerome Lawrence; Janet Waldo Lee, Lucy Lee, and Jonathan Barlow Lee for the family of Robert E. Lee; and Nena Couch, Beth Kattelman, and Mary Tarantino for the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute at the Ohio State University. Joining the committee to make the presentation is Lisa Carter, Associate Director of Special Collections and Area Studies for OSU Libraries.
“Emily has contributed to the creation and support of new plays in so many ways,” said Beth Kattelman, Curator of the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, “In addition to being an accomplished playwright herself, she has fostered the work of numerous playwrights throughout her years at the McCarter. The committee believes she truly epitomizes the spirit of the Margo Jones Award.”