Photo Flash: Steinberg Playwright Award Winners Announcement Press Conference

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Playwrights Bruce Norris, Tarell Alvin McCraney and David Adjmi are the first recipients of the ‘Steinberg Playwright Awards,' it was officially announced by playwright Tony Kushner at a press conference on Thursday, September 17th in New York City. The awards were established in 2008 by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust to recognize up-and-coming playwrights at various stages of their early careers whose professional works show great promise. They will be presented at a ceremony on October 26th, at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

Last year, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust presented Tony Kushner with the very first ‘Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award,' which carried a cash prize of $200,000, making it the largest award ever created to encourage artistic achievement in the American theater. As previously announced, the ‘Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award' (for established playwrights) and the ‘Steinberg Playwright Awards' (for playwrights in earlier stages of their careers), both known as ‘The Mimi,' will be presented in alternating years. This year's Steinberg Playwright Awards carry cash prizes totaling $100,000.

The Steinberg Playwright Awards were established to honor the accomplishments of some of the most gifted up-and-coming American Playwrights, and recognize the promise they hold for the future of American theater.

Photo Flash: Steinberg Playwright Award Winners Announcement Press Conference
James D. Steinberg

Photo Flash: Steinberg Playwright Award Winners Announcement Press Conference
Tony Kushner with the Mimi Awards

Photo Flash: Steinberg Playwright Award Winners Announcement Press Conference
Polly K. Carl, Eduardo Machado, Oskar Eustis, Martha Lavey, and David Emmes

Photo Flash: Steinberg Playwright Award Winners Announcement Press Conference
William Zabel

Photo Flash: Steinberg Playwright Award Winners Announcement Press Conference
Seth Weingarten, Carole Krumland, Tony Kushner, William Zabel, and James D. Steinberg

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