Two-time Tony Award-winning actor Judith Light (The Assembled Parties) and Tony-and- Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner are the 2019 recipients of the Dramatists Guild Foundation’s Madge Evans & Sidney Kingsley Awards.
The annual awards are presented to an actor and a playwright in recognition of their body of work, honoring the importance of collaboration between actors and writers.
“For the benefit of our country’s cultural landscape and our historical and personal stories, we must keep the American theatre thriving,” Light said in a statement. “Writers for the stage, like the extraordinary Tony Kushner, have deeply impacted my life and career. These playwrights are crucial to making sure this art form stays ever expanding and evolving.”
DGF has also named Oliver Houser the inaugural recipient of the Stephen Schwartz Award, which was created to nurture the work of a promising young musical theatre writer. The award, which comes with a $10,000 grant, was created by producers Marc Platt, Nancy Rose, David Stone, and the Board of DGF in honor of the Wicked and Pippin composer-lyricist.
The honors will be presented during a private awards ceremony March 18.
The Dramatists Guild Foundation helps support the writers who create live theatre. DGF's programs and initiatives help propel playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers to their full potential by providing education and aid across the country.