Jacqueline E. Lawton is a playwright, dramaturg, professor, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. Her plays include: Among These Wild Things; Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Hampton Years; The Inferior Sex; Intelligence; Mad Breed; and Noms de Guerre. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She is a 2012 TCG Young Leaders of Color award recipient and an alum of National New Play Network (NNPN) Playwright Alum, Arena Stage’s Playwrights’ Arena, and Center Stage’s Playwrights Collective. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a production dramaturg at PlayMakers Repertory Company, and the Dramatist Guild’s North Carolina Regional Representative.
Among These Wild Things examines the impact of American imperialism on post-colonial Nigeria through Jessie, a humanitarian aid worker who risks everything to build an Education Center in the heart of an internally displaced refugee camp. It will receive a multi-day developmental workshop at InterAct, along with a $1,000 cash award for the playwright.
Inaugural New Play Development Award Finalists
Chloe Hung – Model Minority
Anna Moench – Man of God
Tira Palmquist – The Way North
Eric Pfeffinger – Joan Henry
Kyle John Schmidt – The Secretary
Stephanie Alison Walker – Friends With Guns
Jason Odell Williams – The Whole Shebang
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