Founded in 1997, the Primus Prize was until 2002 administered by the Denver Center Theatre Company and limited to emerging women playwrights. Since 2004, a woman in any category of theater has been eligible, with the prize administered by the nationwide American Theatre Critics Association, comprising critics in all media.
Playwright Michele Lowe wins $10,000 Francesca Primus Prize for 2010.
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Playwright Jamie Pachino wins $10,000 Francesca Primus Prize for 2009; Jennifer Haley and Kathryn Walat also cited.
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Full list of Primus winners
2016 - Lauren Yee, playwright, for in a word
2015 - Sharyn Rothstein, playwright, for By the Water
2014 - Jennifer Haley, playwright, for The Nether.
2013 - Stefanie Zadravec, playwright, for The Electric Baby; additional commendation to director Lear deBessonet.
2012 - Tammy Ryan, playwright, for Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods; additional commendation to playwright Dominique Morisseau for Follow Me to Nellie’s.
2011—Caridad Svich, playwright, The House of the Spirits
2010—Michele Lowe, playwright, Inana.
2009—Jamie Pachino, playwright, Splitting Infinity;
also citations to playwrights Jennifer Haley, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, and Kathryn Walat, Bleeding Kansas
2008—EM (Ellen) Lewis, playwright, Heads
2007—Victoria Stewart, playwright, Hardball
2006—Karen Zacarías, playwright, Mariela in the Desert, and founder/artistic director, Young Playwrights’ Theater, Washington, D.C.
2005—Michelle Hensley, artistic director, Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minn.
2004—Lynn Nottage, playwright, Intimate Apparel
The Primus Prize was originally administered by the Denver Center Theatre Company. ATCA began overseeing the award in 2004.
2002—Alexandra Cunningham, playwright, Pavane
2001—S.M. Shepard-Massat, playwright, Some Place Soft to Fall
2000—Brooke Berman, playwright, Playing House
1999—Melanie Marnich, playwright, Blur
1998—Brooke Berman, playwright, Wonderland
1997—Julia Jordan, playwright, Tatjana in Color