Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Wins 2016 MacArthur Fellowship!
Award winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has just been announced as one of the 2016 MacArthur Fellows! He is one of 23 creative talents who will receive the $625,000 “genius” grant to help develop their future work. Branden has had quite a successful few years- his play Gloria was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Earlier this year, he received the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize (Drama) at Yale University. And in 2014, he received the Obie Award for Best New American Play for his plays Appropriate and An Octoroon. In a MacArthur video, Branden says that he “sees theater as a space to safely explore ugly feelings like fear and disgust. All of my work is sort of fed by a question, a need to understand the world and why the world is what it is.” Branden joins the ranks of Princess Grace Award winners, Kyle Abraham and Michelle Dorrance who received this prestigious honor in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Next up, Branden’s play, Everybody, directed by fellow Award winner, Lila Neugebauer, will premiere at Signature Theater beginning January 31, 2017. Read more about the winners of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowships here!
September 22, 2016