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Tony  Award

Pulitzer Prize

2011 William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award

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from William Inge Festival

Inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Honor in 2007, University of Louisville.


The Margo Jones Award 2003-2004
special joint award given to Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang, Playwrights Program, the Juilliard School


Guild Hall Academy of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award

Sidney Kingsley Award

Peabody Award (HBO series In Treatment)

Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters

Drama Desk Award (The Secret Garden)

Tony Award Best Book Musical
(The Secret Garden)

Dramatist’s Guild Hull-Warriner Award
(‘night, Mother)

The Newsday Oppenheimer Award
(Getting Out)




John Gassner Playwrighting Medallion
(Getting Out)

1983 Pulitzer Prize (‘night, Mother)

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
(‘night, Mother)



Special Citation from American Critics Theatre Association (Getting Out)




Poster by Alicia Czechowski

The Lilly Awards
June 6, 2011

presented by
The Committee for Recognition of
Outstanding Women in Theater

in honor of Lillian Hellman


The committee, consisting of Julie Crosby, John Eisner, Gary Garrison, Tina Howe, Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman, Theresa Rebeck, Susan Rose, Tim Sanford and the Dramatists Guild of America was founded out of a desire to celebrate the work of outstanding, successful and up-and-coming women playwrights, directors, designers and advocates in the theater.

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Kristin Linklater and her son
Hamish Linklater, who presented
the award

Kristin giving her thank yous with
(l to r behind her) Bash Doran, Jo Bonney, Rachel Hauck,
Claude Nolan, Ntozake Shange, Lynne Meadow, Susan Hilferty

Lynne Meadow receiving
from Doug Hughes

Lynn Nottage, Marsha Norman
and Ntozake Shange

2011 Lilly Award Recipients

The Lilly Award For Direction - Susan Stroman

The Lilly Award For Hearing Her Voice - Kristin Linklater

The Lilly Award For Costume Design - Susan Hilferty

The Lilly Award For Direction - Jo Bonney

The Lilly In Playwriting - Lisa Kron

The Lilly Award In Grace Under Pressure - Tina Fallon

The Marian Seldes Lilly Award In Acting - Elizabeth Marvel

The Lillian Hellman Lilly Award - Lynn Nottage

The Betty Comden Lilly Award In Lyrics -  Lynn Ahrens

The Marsha Norman Spirit Of Achievement Lilly Award - Diana Grisanti

The Lilly Award For Angel Guide And Also Acting - Lynn Cohen

The Lilly Award In Setdesign - Rachel Hauck

The Aphra Behn Lilly Award In Playwriting - Bash Doran

The Lilly Award For Lifetime Achievement - Lynne Meadow

I-Told-You-So Lilly Award In Playwriting To Amy Herzog

The Lilly Award For Lifetime Achievement - Ntozake Shange

Susan Stroman

Nottage, Stroman Hailed as ‘Lilly’s’ Flout Broadway Boys’ Club by Phillip Boroff June 7, 2011
After a Broadway season in which one play out of 25 was written by a woman (Emma Rice, adapting Noel Coward’s “Brief Encounter”), accomplished females in theater convened on a New York stage last night for honors of their own devising, the second annual “Lilly Awards.”