The Jane Chambers Award
THE JANE CHAMBERS AWARD recognizes new plays and performance texts created by women writers which present a feminist perspective and that provide significant opportunities for female performers. This annual award, founded in 1984, welcomes experimentations in form and in subject matter. It is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers, who through her plays such as A Late Snow, My Blue Heaven, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, and Kudzu became a major feminist voice in American theater. Sponsored by the Women and Theatre Program with the Association for Theater in Higher Education, the contest understands feminism to cross an array of class, sex, race, national, ethnic, theatrical, and/or geographic perspectives. The Jane Chambers Contest winner receives $1000 and a rehearsed reading at ATHE’s annual summer conference, where she is recognized at ATHE's Awards Ceremony.
Read more about Jane Chambers and her work at JaneChambers.org.
The 2019 contest has closed! Please check back next year for more information on the 2020 contest, or see the contest website.
Iphigenia Point Blank: The Story of the First Refugee by Lisa Schlesinger
The Butch Project by Lynne S. Brandon
Magdalena's Crossing by Carolyn Nur Wistrand
Derecho by Noelle Viñas
Queen Cleopatre and Princess Pocahontas by Rhiana Yazzie
Winner: Queens by Martyna Majok
Winner: Never Not Once by Carey Crim
Winner: No Candy by Emma Staunton
Winner: Roe by Lisa Loomer
Winner: Femmes by Gina Young
Winner: Full/Self by Claire Chafee
Winner: Still by Jen Silverman
Winner: Mud Offerings by Natalie Marlena Goodnow
Winner: A Live Dress by Martha Jane Kaufman
Winner: The Siegels of Montauk by Meryl Cohn
Winner: Unspeakable Acts by Mary F. Casey
Winner: Trojan Barbie: A Car-Crash Encounter with Euripides' Trojan Women by Christine Evans