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About Senator Kennedy

Edward M. Kennedy served in U.S. Senate for nearly 47 years. In addition to his political career, he was a avid lover of American History. This prize was created in his name to honor the positive, lasting impact dramatic writing has on culture and society.

Watch: A Video Tribute to Senator Kennedy.

About Ambassador Smith

Jean Kennedy Smith is the sister of Edward M. Kennedy. She is a former United States Ambassador to Ireland, and has received the Medal of Freedom for her commitment to humanitarian work and is an honorary citizen of Ireland for her work in the peace process. She established this Prize to honor her brother’s love of American History and her family’s support of the arts.

About Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner is an award-winning American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America. Kushner is a Columbia University alumnus.