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  • Finalists Announced for 2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired By American History

    Published: December 18th, 2014

    NEW YORK, December 18, 2014 –Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, on behalf of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, has announced the five finalist works for the 2015 award: Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. Father Comes [...]

  • Columbia University Announces Winner of 2014 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

    Published: February 24th, 2014

    NEW YORK, February 24, 2014— Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ‘67 is the 2014 winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Ambassador Smith created the prize to honor the life and legacy of her brother, the late senator from [...]

  • Finalists Announced for 2014 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired By American History

    Published: January 9th, 2014

    NEW YORK, January 9, 2014 – Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, on behalf of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, has announced the five finalist plays and musical for the 2014 award: Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American [...]

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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.