Branden Jacobs-Jenkins wins Yale’s Windham Campbell Prize

Jacobs-Jenkins PhotoSoho Rep. playwright and current board member Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon) has won one of America’s foremost literary prizes, the Windham Campbell Prize. Adminstered by Yale’s Beinecke Library, “The Windham-Campbell prizes are global English-language awards that call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. Prizewinners receive an unrestricted grant.”

Winners receive a phone call from the Prize’s Director and there is no application. “I only wish everyone alive could get a phone call like the one I just received,”Branden Jacobs-Jenkins said, who received his call on Feb. 24. “I’ve never ever felt this confident, joyful, relieved, or encouraged on a Wednesday morning.”

Soho Rep. salutes Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and gives grateful thanks to the existence of such an incredible award for the written word.

Click here to read the citation.

We are particularly pleased to note that Jacobs-Jenkins is the third Soho Rep. playwright to receive this award. Last year it was won by Jackie Sibblies Drury and debbie tucker green.


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