Stephen Adly Guirgis is the recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for his play Between Riverside and Crazy; Lin-Manuel Miranda gets the Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition for his score to Hamilton; Dael Orlandersmith takes the Flora Roberts Award; Lauren Gunderson accepts the Lanford Wilson Award; and Stephen Schwartz and Marsha Norman are co-recipients of the inaugural Dramatists Guild Career Achievement Award.
The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund presents the second DLDF Defender Award to Edward J. Davis of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. The attorney recently successfully represented 3C author David Adjmi in a fair-use case.
The Frederick Loewe Award, given by the Frederick Loewe Foundation and presented annually by the Dramatists Guild Council to a composer, recognizes "achievement in a theatrical score presented in New York during the previous theatrical season." Past winners include Amanda Green & Trey Anastasio, Alan Menken, Michael John LaChiusa, Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, John Kander, Tom Kitt, Miranda and Scott Frankel.
The Flora Roberts Award, administered by the Dramatists Guild Fund, is presented to a dramatist in recognition of "distinguished work in the theatre and to encourage the continuation of that work." Previous recipients include Arthur Kopit, Philip Kan Gotanda, Christopher Durang, Michael Weller, Polly Pen, Craig Lucas, Ed Bullins, Adrienne Kennedy and Tina Howe.
The Lanford Wilson Award was established by the estate of Mr. Wilson and is presented by the Dramatists Guild Council to dramatists "based primarily on their work as an early career playwright." Past recipients are Francine Volpe and Michael Lew.
The Hull-Warriner Award is the only award given by dramatists to dramatists; it is presented annually by the Dramatists Guild Council to "an author or team of authors in recognition of their play dealing with controversial subjects involving the fields of political, religious, or social mores of the times." Previous winners include Christopher Durang, Stephen Karam, Lynn Nottage, David Ives, Tracy Letts, Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik, Marsha Norman and Dael Orlandersmith.
The Career Achievement Award is a new award, presented by the Dramatists Guild Council, in recognition of distinguished achievement in a sustained career of theatrical writing, to a writer (or writers) who have made a significant contribution to the American theatre.