By: Jennifer Grzybowski
Looking at Lynn Notage’s website three very distinct roles are listed under her name: writer, theatremaker, activist. These three words were carefully selected and chosen to represent, in simple generalities, the immense impact this women has made on the world of theatre.
As a playwright Nottage is accredited with numerous gems such as By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Ruined, Intimate Apparel, The Antigone Project, and Mud, River, Stone, too name a few. Also, many of her works are accompanied with prestigious honors such as the Pulitzer Prize (Ruined), the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, and the American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play (Intimate Apparel). It is evident through her works that she trusts fully in her voice, and holds a political commitment to share stories with the world. Nottage herself states, ““I feel it’s my social responsibility to shine a light on areas that don’t get seen” (Meet Lynn Nottage). To this day her light keeps shining, and illuminating undisclosed issues. “Nottage established a relationship with both the art of narrating a story and political commitment – the two driving forces behind her work – early in life. Her grandmother, an extraordinary storyteller, and her mother, a political activist who participated in the Civil Rights and the Feminist movements, had a large impact on who Nottage is today: A politically engaged playwright,” states the Humanities Council of Washington D.C..
Graduating from Brown University, and earning an MFA degree from the Yale School of Drama, you could say great things were easily on her horizon. Staying active in many communities of theatre, Nottage currently works as a board member for numerous groups including Theatre Communications Group, BRIC Arts Media Bklyn, Donor Direct Action, The New Black Fest, Voice and Vision, and the Dramatists Guild. She also continues writing, and does visiting lectures at Yale. Without question she upholds the labels she has placed on her website: writer, theatremaker, activist.
“Lynn Notage Writer,Theatremaker, Activist.” Web.
http://www.lynnnottage.com/about.html 6 December 2013.
“Meet Lynn Notage.” Humanities Council of Washington D.C.. 2009-2010. Web. http://wdchumanities.org/programs/175 5 December 2013.