Jackie Sibblies Drury

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Jackie Sibblies Drury
Jackie Sibblies Drury, panelist at Theater Talks: Playwrights at the Schomburg Library in Harlem, NYC, January 22, 2018
Jackie Sibblies Drury, panelist at Theater Talks: Playwrights at the Schomburg Library in Harlem, NYC, January 22, 2018
BornUnited States
OccupationPlaywright, writer
EducationYale University (BA)
Brown University (MFA)
GenreTheatre, drama

Jackie Sibblies Drury is an American playwright.[1] A native of Plainfield, New Jersey,[2] she is a graduate of Yale and Brown University MFA playwriting program, receiving the David Wickham Prize in Playwriting.[3]

Drury is known for plays including Social Creatures which was commissioned by and premiered at Trinity Repertory Theater Company, in Providence, Rhode Island in 2013; the play depicts a zombie apocalypse.[1][3] Her play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 (Soho Rep, 2012), was called by The New York Times "her breakout work".[1][4][5][6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

She was raised by a single mom in Plainfield, New Jersey. Her mother introduced her to theater by bringing to her Broadway plays she was invited by her work. She attended a private school in New Jersey.

Awards and honors[edit]

She was awarded the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Fairview. The prize has a cash award of $25,000. Fairview was presented Off-Broadway in 2018 by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Soho Rep.[9][10]

Fairview was also awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this "hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices."[11]

She received the 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award for Fairview, which includes a $50,000 cash prize.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Weinert-Kendt, Rob (April 16, 2013). "Writes Well With Others". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Goodman, Lawrence (July 2, 2013). "The Monstrous Unknown". Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Erik Ehn and Jackie Sibblies Drury in Conversation". sohorep.org. December 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Isherwood, Charles (November 16, 2012). "Acting Out a Blood Bath Brings Dangers of Its Own". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Billington, Michael (March 5, 2014). "We Are Proud to Present… review – 'A Pirandellian take on a little-known genocide'". The Guardian. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Jones, Chris (April 10, 2012). "A history of genocide, as intriguingly told by imperfect actors". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  7. ^ McNulty, Charles (June 11, 2013). "Theater review: 'We Are Proud to Present' and a time of genocide". LA Times. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  8. ^ Pressley, Nelson (February 7, 2014). "'We Are Proud to Present. . .' becomes calling card for playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ Clement, Olivia (March 4, 2019). "Jackie Sibblies Drury Wins Blackburn Prize for Her Acclaimed 'Fairview'". Playbill.
  10. ^ Haigney, Sophie (March 4, 2019). "Jackie Sibblies Drury Wins Blackburn Prize for 'Fairview' ". The New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners". www.pulitzer.org. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Jackie Sibblies Drury and Lauren Yee Are Winners of Steinberg Playwright Awards" Playbill, October 9, 2019

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