Adrienne Kennedy


Tina Howe

The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation announced the recipients of their 2019 Idea Awards for Theatre; three grants awarded to adventurous new voices in playwriting and musical theatre, as well as the the visionary playwrights who have inspired and blazed trails before them.

The two inaugural 2019 Tooth of Time Distinguished Career Awards will be presented to Tina Howe (Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances) and Adrienne Kennedy (Funnyhouse of a Negro, A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White). 

Honoring accomplished playwrights who have created significant, idea-driven works throughout their careers, the Tooth of Time Distinguished Career Award is given with a $20,000 prize for each recipient.

Dave Harris  is recipient of this year’s Ollie New Play Award; the 2019 Vivace Musical Theatre Award will be given to composer/lyricist team Kit Yan and Melissa Li for original work with ambitious theatrical ideas with a $30,000 prize.

The 2019 Idea Awards for Theatre will be presented Mon. Sept. 23 (by invitation only) in a private ceremony hosted by New Dramatists.