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Jackie Sibblies Drury

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Jackie Sibblies Drury
Drury in 2018
Drury in 2018
BornUnited States
OccupationPlaywright, writer
EducationYale University (BA)
Brown University (MFA)
GenreTheatre, drama

Jackie Sibblies Drury is an American playwright.[1] The New York Times called Drury's 2012 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 "her breakout work".[1][2][3] Her subsequent works include Social Creatures (2013) and Fairview (2018); for the latter, Drury received the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Early life and education[edit]

Jackie Sibblies Drury was raised by her Jamaican immigrant mother and grandmother in Plainfield, New Jersey. Drury's mother enrolled her at a private school in New Jersey where she witnessed the persistence of "segregation even in a harmonious community."[4]

Drury attended Yale University, where she majored in literature.[5] She received her MFA in playwriting from Brown University in 2010.[4]


Full-length plays[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

She was a winner of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for Drama in 2015.[6]

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.[7][8]

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."[9]

She received the 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award for Fairview, which includes a $50,000 cash prize.[10]

Drury received PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award in 2022.[11]


  1. ^ a b Weinert-Kendt, Rob (April 16, 2013). "Writes Well With Others". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Isherwood, Charles (November 16, 2012). "Acting Out a Blood Bath Brings Dangers of Its Own". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Jones, Chris (April 10, 2012). "A history of genocide, as intriguingly told by imperfect actors". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Goodman, Lawrence (July 2, 2013). "The Monstrous Unknown". Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Pressley, Nelson (February 7, 2014). "'We Are Proud to Present. . .' becomes calling card for playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Jackie Sibblies Drury Among Winners of Yale's Windham-Campbell Prize". American Theatre magazine. February 25, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  7. ^ Clement, Olivia (March 4, 2019). "Jackie Sibblies Drury Wins Blackburn Prize for Her Acclaimed 'Fairview'". Playbill.
  8. ^ Haigney, Sophie (March 4, 2019). "Jackie Sibblies Drury Wins Blackburn Prize for 'Fairview' ". The New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners". www.pulitzer.org. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Jackie Sibblies Drury and Lauren Yee Are Winners of Steinberg Playwright Awards" Playbill, October 9, 2019
  11. ^ "Dramatists Elaine May and Jackie Sibblies Drury Named PEN Literary Award Recipients". Playbill. Retrieved March 5, 2022.

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