The Ojai Playwrights conference has announced the fist winner of the Dr. Kerry English Award. It is to be an award which celebrates playwrights who have demonstrated a commitment to giving voice to diverse and underserved communities in America, to bring awareness and activism to the burning social, cultural and political issues of the day, and to promote humanitarian values.
Julia Izumi has been selected as the first winner of the Dr. Kerry English award. Her play “Regretfully, So the Birds Are” has been selected for development during the 2021 OPC New Works Festival slated for August. The Dr. Kerry English Artist Award was established in 2020 in honor of the OPC board member, who passed away that year. The recipient receives $7,500, and an additional $7,500 goes toward supporting the chosen play in development at OPC.
“Our beloved board member Kerry English was passionately committed to visionary theatre and the artists who imagine and bring that world to life. We’re thrilled that Julia Izumi, an exciting young playwright who allows us to see the unseen and hear the unheard in our culture, will be the first artist to be supported by the Dr. Kerry English Artist Award,” said OPC Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan.