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.
Submissions for 2023 opened October 15, 2022. Please find more information on the contest website. The deadline for submissions was February 1, 2023.
2023 Jane Chambers Award
Jane Chambers Award for Excellence in Feminist Playwriting
The Magician’s Sister by Jami Brandli
Spay by Madison Fiedler
Funnie by Jessica Moss
The Body Play by Madison Wetzell
We're pleased to announce the 2023 FINALISTS for the JANE CHAMBERS PRIZE.
This year we received 270 submissions adjudicated by 25 readers from across the country. We had 17 finalist plays, including:
DAINTY Agyeiwaa Asante
[before the flood] Emily Bice
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
The Magician's Sister Jami Brandli
#notacult or Camp Hope: The Interview Retrospective of the Accidental Cult that Started an Actual Movement Kate Brennan
STAINS Sarah Cho
Spay Madison Fiedler
Insertion Sarah Groustra
The Last Jew Andrea Lepcio
The Sunrise from the Moon Hannah Manikowski
Louder Caroline V. McGraw
EL BACALAO: The Catfish Man Desi Moreno-Penson
Local School Board Pamela Morgan
Funnie Jessica Moss
every.single.one Cherie Sampson
The Body Play Madison Wetzell
The Moss Maidens S. Dylan Zwickel
Brava to these Plays and Playwrights!
Curation Notes for Winners and Honorable Mentions can be read by clicking on the year.
Winner: The Magician's Sister by Jami Brandli
Winner: Mama, I wish I were silver by Amanda L. Andrei
Winner: Peeling Oranges by Patty Kim Hamilton
Winner: How We Survived by Pauline David-Sax
Winner: In the Cervix of Others by Alice Eve Cohen
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