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  • Winner of the 2018 Kennedy Prize for Drama Announced

    Published: February 22nd, 2018

    FEBRUARY 22, 2018, NEW YORK, NY:  Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that Junk by Ayad Akhtar is the 2018 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 2018 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

    Published: January 25th, 2018

    January 25, 2018: NEW YORK, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 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 2018 award: Junk by Ayad Akhtar, produced by La Jolla Playhouse Bella: An American Tall Tale by Kirsten Childs, produced by Playwright Horizons Roe by […]

  • Winner of the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History Announced

    Published: February 27th, 2017

    NEW YORK, February 22, 2017 – Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: A Radical Fairy Realness Ritual by Taylor Mac and Matt Ray is the 2017 winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Ambassador Smith created the […]

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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.