The Osborn Award recognizes Healey's play Torso, which premiered in March 2012 at Printer's Devil Theater in Seattle, directed by David Bennett.
The honor is designed to "recognize the work of an author who has not yet achieved national stature." Last year's Osborn Award went to Darren Canady for Brothers of the Dust.
Torso is described as "a mixture of comedy and tragedy that examines humanity's propensity for violence and revenge. Inspired by events in her own life, Healey posits a drunken woman riding through the night on a mission, escorted by a surly cabdriver with whom she once had an abortive date. Her odyssey is to make sense of two tragedies: the recent death of the sister of what was supposed to be a minor illness, and the news that a high school friend has committed a sensational murder. Our judges called the script gripping and a balancing act of serpentine plotting."
Healey's other works include Don't You Dare Love Me, The Ikea Cycle: Tiny Domestic Dramas (co-written with Bret Fetzer), Parrot Fever (Or, Lies I’ve Told in Chat Rooms) and Cherry Cherry Lemon.
ATCA also presents the Francesca Primus Prize, funded by the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, honoring outstanding contributions to the American theatre by female artists who have not yet achieved national prominence. Annually it makes a recommendation for the Regional Theater Tony Award presented by the American Theatre Wing/Broadway League and votes on inductions into the Theater Hall of Fame.
For more information on ATCA, visit AmericanTheatreCritics.org.