At an Apr. 20 luncheon to celebrate four women playwrights, outgoing American Theatre Wing president (now chairman of the board) Isabelle Stevenson announced the creation of a new Wing scholarship for dramatists, named in honor of the late critic and journalist, Brendan Gill.
Now the Wing has announced that Tony-winning director Lloyd Richards will serve on the panel to select the first Brendan Gill Playwriting Scholarship winner. Richards will sit on the faculty of NY's Talent Unlimited High School, which led principal Ira Shankman to state, "Lloyd Richards cares enough about the youth of New York City to make time in his busy schedule to be a member of the selection panel."
Richards is in his 30th year as artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT. His directing credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, The Piano Lesson and Seven Guitars.
The American Theatre Wing (ATW) is best known for co-presenting the Tony Awards (with the League of American Theatres & Producers) but also has many educational programs, including "Theatre For Children" (bringing professional theatre to elementary schools) and the "Grants & Scholarship Program." The Wing also hosts "Introduction To Broadway," wherein junior and senior high school students can attend Broadway shows.
-- By David Lefkowitz