Osborn New Play Award

The M. Elizabeth Osborn Award

The M. Elizabeth Osborn Award (currently $3,000). Given by ATCA, in memory of Theatre Communications Group and American Theatre play editor M. Elizabeth Osborn (1941-1993), to recognize the work of an author whose plays have not yet received a major production, such as off-Broadway or Broadway, nor received other major national awards.

  • 2021: Douglas Williams, Ship, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia.
  • 2020: Dan McCabe, The Purists, Huntington Theatre, Boston.
  • 2019: Spenser Davis, Plainclothes, Den Theatre, Chicago.
  • 2018: Chelsea Marcantel, Airness, Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville.
  • 2017: Nate Eppler, The Ice Treatment, Actors Bridge Ensemble/Nashville Repertory Theatre.
  • 2016: Jonathan Norton, Mississippi Godddamn, South Dallas Cultural Center.
  • 2015: Tom Coash, Veils, Portland Stage, Maine.
  • 2014: Topher Payne, Perfect Arrangement, The Source Festival, Washington, D.C.
  • 2013: Keri Healey, Torso, Printers Devil Theatre, Seattle.
  • 2012: Darren Canady, Brothers of the Dust, Congo Square Theatre, Chicago.
  • 2011: Cori Thomas, When January Feels Like Summer, City Theatre, Pittsburgh.
  • 2010: Jason Wells, Perfect Mendacity, Asolo Repertory Theatre.
  • 2009: Yussel El Guindi, Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat, Silk Road Theatre Project, Chicago.
  • 2008: Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, Gee’s Bend, Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
  • 2006: Ken LaZebnik, Vestibular Sense, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis.
  • 2005: J.T. Rogers, Madagascar, Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake City.
  • 2004: Rolin Jones, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • 2003: John Walch, The Dinosaur Within, State Theatre, Austin.
  • 2002: Mia McCullough, Chagrin Falls, Stage Left Theatre, Chicago.
  • 2001: S.M. Shephard-Massat, Waiting to be Invited, Denver Center Theatre Company.
  • 2000: Coby Goss, Marked Tree, Senachai Theatre, Chicago.
  • 1999: Dan O’Brien, Lamarck, Perishable Theatre Company, Providence.
  • 1998: Rebecca Gilman, Glory, Circle Theatre, Chicago.
  • 1997: Keith Glover, Thunder Knocking at the Door, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
  • 1996: Richard Kalinoski, Beast on the Moon, Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville.
  • 1995: Charlie Varon, Rush Limbaugh in High School, The Marsh Theatre, San Francisco.
  • 1994: Anne Galjour, Hurricane, San Francisco Solo Mio Festival.