The award, which will include a cash grant, will be presented to "an emerging playwright who embodies visionary storytelling and is developing a project that engages audiences in a fresh and exciting way."
The first Tennessee Williams Award will be presented during an April 8, 2013, Sundance Institute Theatre Program benefit in New York City. The organization's first New York City benefit was held earlier this year.
The University of the South, the beneficiary of the Williams' estate, granted Sundance permission to use the playwrights' name for the honor. Williams' body of work in includes A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Summer and Smoke and The Glass Menagerie, among others.
The Sundance Institute Theatre Program has nurtured such works as The Light in the Piazza, Spring Awakening, An Iliad, I Am My Own Wife, The Good Negro, Circle Mirror Transformation, Passing Strange, Grey Gardens, Crowns and Marie Antoinette.