Two Steinberg/ATCA awards, each at $7,500, were also presented to Lucas Hnath for his play The Christians and Alan Davis' Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea. Totaling $40,000, it is the largest national new play award program for regional theatre. It recognizes playwrights for scripts that premiered outside New York city during 2014.
Gilman's Luna Gale received its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, helmed by artistic director Robert Falls. The play follows the story of social worker Caroline, who faces a potentially life-altering decision with one of her cases. It went on to play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.
Gilman is the author of the acclaimed plays Spinning Into Butter and Pulitzer-finalist Boy Gets Girl. She is currently an artistic associate at the Goodman, and associate professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University.
ATCA also presented the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, which recognizes emerging playwrights, to Tom Coash of Atlanta for his play Veils.
The ATCA has been recognizing regional world premieres since 1977 and founded the Steinberg prize in 2000. Selected from 27 eligible scripts submitted by ATCA members, the plays were evaluated by a committee of 18 theatre critics. For more information visit americantheatrecritics.org.