McDonald wins George Jean Nathan Award

McDonald wins George Jean Nathan Award

Soraya Nadia McDonald

Cornell University’s Department of English, which administers the award for excellence in dramatic criticism endowed by Cornell alumnus, the late George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), awarded ATCA member Soraya Nadia McDonald the 2019-2020 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.

The award is given by a prize committee including heads of the English departments at Cornell, Princeton and Yale. McDonald, who moderated a panel at the 2019 New York City ATCA conference, was cited for her analysis of Broadway’s King Kong, which focused on Christiani Pitts, the first black actress to play the role of Ann Darrow. McDonald is the culture critic for The Undefeated, an ESPN blog. Read about McDonald winning the award here, and read her King Kong review here

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