Dominique Morisseau Wins Prestigious Steinberg Playwright Award

Dominique Morisseau, along with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, will be named the recipient of this year’s Steinberg Playwright Awards, The New York Times announced. The promising dramatists who win the award are honored with $50,000 grants.

Morisseau received her BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan and started her career as a performance poet in the Detroit community of Harmonie Park. She is now a noted playwright in New York City, most celebrated for a trilogy of plays about her hometown, Detroit. “Detroit ’67, the first installment was performed at the Public Theater in 2013. The second installment, “Paradise Blue,” was staged at the Williamstown Theater Festival this summer. The third, “Skeleton Crew,” will be produced in January by the Atlantic Theater Company. According to her website, "she is an artist that believes wholeheartedly in the power and strength of community."
The awards are given every other year by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. This year’s awards ceremony will take place in November at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center.