2018 Edwin Booth Award: Young Jean Lee at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City—Friday 23 March 2018
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented the 2018 Edwin Booth Award: Young Jean Lee on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 23 March at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco). Follow @HowlRound on Twitter for updates, and use #howlround.
The Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association presented the 2018 Edwin Booth Award to New York writer, director, and filmmaker Young Jean Lee. The Edwin Booth Award is given annually by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre.
Young Jean Lee has written and directed ten shows in New York. Her short films have been presented at The Locarno International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company has toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. Named as “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times, Lee has received two OBIE Awards, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN Literary Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, among numerous other fellowships. A presentation workshop of Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven was first shown at PRELUDE 2005.
The award ceremony featured an interview with Young Jean Lee by Chloë Rae Edmonson; speeches and performance by Doctoral Students Jessica Adam, Kyueun Kim, Ash Marinaccio, Nina Angela Mercer, Hansol Oh, Alison Walls, and Jennie Youssef; as well as a special performance by Diana Oh and Matt Park.
Presented in collaboration with the DTSA Second Vice President Hansol Oh, with additional support from Sidney E. Cohn Chair Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair Distinguished Professor David Savran, Lucille Lortel Chair Professor Jean Graham-Jones, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.
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