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  • Hamilton Wins 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

    Published: February 22nd, 2016

    NEW YORK, February 22, 2016— Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is the 2016 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 Massachusetts. […]

  • Finalists Announced for 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired By American History

    Published: January 27th, 2016

    NEW YORK, January 27, 2016 –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 2016 award: An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, produced by Soho Rep Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced by The Public Theater Indecent […]

  • Columbia University Announces Winner of 2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

    Published: February 23rd, 2015

    NEW YORK, February 23, 2015 – Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 is the 2015 winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Ambassador Smith created the prize to honor 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.

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.