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 2022 will open October 15, 2021. Please find more information on the contest website. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2022.
2022 Jane Chambers Award
Mama, I wish I were silver by Amanda L. Andrei (NPX)
In McClintock’s Corn by Carolyn Gage
Joan Dark by Christina Pumariega (NPX)
Maiden Voyage by Cayenne Douglass (NPX)
Little Egg, Big World by Rachel Leighson (NPX)
The Dirty: Survival Skills of State School Girls with Good Bodies in the Year 2008 by Keyanna Khatiblou (NPX)
In The Same Space by Parade Stone (NPX)
Congratulations to all! Curation Notes for all of our honorees can be found HERE. Check out our interview with Amanda L. Andrei below!
Curation Notes for Winners and Honorable Mentions can be read by clicking on the year.
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