Edward Albee

Competition Judge

2007 - The Boys from Siam
2008 - Grenadine

Edward Albee, the doyen of the theatre, graciously accepted our invitation to serve as judge of the Yale Drama Series competition in its two formative years. When he agreed, in December, 2005, he gave us the best holiday gift we could have imagined. Our "founding father", as we named him, has been and still is completely committed to mentoring emerging playwrights. During his two years as judge of the David C. Horn Prize he shared his precious time reading submitted plays and choosing a winner, and continues to remain engaged in the efforts of the awarded playwrights.

Mr. Albee has received three Pulitzer Prizes for his plays A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women. (His unofficial first, awarded by the Pulitzer's drama panel in 1963 to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, was denied him by Columbia's board, a decision which was, at best, deeply controversial. He has received two Tony Awards for Best Play: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

His decorations and acknowledgements keep coming so we have only listed a few: A gold medal in drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters(1980); the Kennedy Center Honors (1996); the National Medal of Arts (1996); and a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement (2005).