Playwrights Ken Ludwig and Dominique Morisseau, as well as the songwriting team of Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen were honored at the second annual Samuel French Awards October 16 in New York City.
The writers, all of whom are represented by the licensing and publishing company, were recognized for “the great work and unparalleled passion of theatre … [and] their significant contributions to the industry.”
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Ludwig (Crazy for You, Lend Me a Tenor) was presented with the Sustained Excellence in American Theatre, which is “bestowed upon a Samuel French playwright, composer, or lyricist whose body of work has been successfully produced across the nation, at both amateur and professional levels.” McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director Emily Mann presented the honor.
Morisseau (Pipeline, Skeleton Crew, Detroit '67) was presented with the Award for Impact & Activism in the Theatre Community, “given to an individual or creative team who has significantly impacted the theatre community over the past year through their activism.” Kamilah Forbes, executive producer of the Apollo Theater, presented the honor.
Miller and Tysen (Tuck Everlasting, Burnt Part Boys) received the Next Step Award, which supports “a playwright, composer, or lyricist working toward the next step of their career. Honorees have demonstrated a strong energy and talent in their career thus far.” Tony-winning Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori presented the honor.