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
LanguageEnglish
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]

References[edit]

  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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