Kara Lee Corthron
Initial PGF Award: Playwriting Fellowship, 2008
Kara Lee Corthron’s plays have been produced and developed by the Vineyard Theatre, Center Stage (Baltimore), ACT Seattle/Hansberry Project, New Dramatists, Naked Angels, New Georges, Raw Impressions (HERE Arts Center), E.S.T., Page 73 Productions, ManhattanTheatreSource, Electric Pear Productions, The Shalimar, Penumbra Theatre, Horizon Theatre (Atlanta), African Continuum Theatre (D.C.), and Voice & Vision, among a few others. In the fall, Kara will spend a month at the Skriduklaustur Arts Center in Egilsstaðir, Iceland where she’s been invited to develop her new play about racial politics in Iceland. This past year, she was a staff writer for the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, KINGS. Kara’s honors include the Princess Grace Award, a 20/20 New Play Commission from InterAct Theatre, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Foundation Award (three-time recipient), commissions from Naked Angels and E.S.T./Sloan, the Theodore Ward Prize, the New Professional Theatre Writers Award, residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts and Ledig House, and she was a finalist for the second consecutive year for New Dramatists membership. Kara is an alumna of the Juilliard School and Interstate 73 (Page 73’s inaugural writers group), member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Librettist Workshop, the Dramatists Guild, ’Wright On! Play Group (co-founder), Blue Roses Theatre, the Writers Guild of America, the Barrow Group Women’s Development Project, and is a New Georges Affiliated Artist.