Edward Albee

Competition Judge

2007 - The Boys from Siam
2008 - Grenadine

Edward Albee died September 16, 2016.  The doyen of the theater and the founding father of the Yale Drama Series physically left Earth, but not the theater.  His plays continue to be revived on both sides of the pond. Three Tall Women is up for a Tony in 2018. Edward is ever-present.

In December 2005, Mr. Albee accepted our invitation to serve as the first judge of the Yale Drama Series. It was an early Christmas gift that we will always be grateful for.  His dedication, direction, and commitment to the series was clear and invaluable. His involvement with the winners was overly generous.  He was a nurturer who nurtured us into being.  He served for two years as the Judge, but never left our side.  It was an experience that framed who we are and where we want to go.

One of America’s foremost playwrights, Mr. Albee’s works are produced and appreciated worldwide. Here are just a few of his awards, honors and accomplishments. Mr. Albee wrote over 30 plays. He 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?  He was awarded the 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).  He was a member of the Dramatist Guild Council and the Founder of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. The Edward F. Albee Foundation exists to serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance. The Foundation continues to fulfill its mission under the dedicated stewardship of Jacob Holder, the Foundation’s Executive Director and Mr. Albee’s longtime assistant.