Competition: US & Canada
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a Brooklyn-based writer and theatre artist. His plays include “Girls” (Yale Rep), “Everybody” (Signature Theatre; Pulitzer Prize-finalist), “War” (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater), “Gloria” (Vineyard Theatre; Pulitzer Prize-finalist), “Appropriate” (Signature Theatre; Obie Award), “An Octoroon” (Soho Rep; Obie Award) and “Neighbors” (The Public Theater). A Residency Five playwright at the Signature Theatre as well as a 2020 USA Artists Fellow, his recent honors include the Charles Wintour Award, the MacArthur fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Benjamin Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Steinberg Playwriting Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. Having taught at New York University, the Juilliard School, and Hunter College, where he was director of the MFA playwriting program, he now serves on the faculty at University of Texas at Austin.