Lynn Nottage

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Lynn Nottage (born November 2, 1964) is an American playwright whose work often deals with the lives of marginalized people. She is a professor of Playwriting at Columbia University.

She was the first (and remains the only) woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice; the first in 2009 for Ruined, and the second in 2017 for Sweat.

Nottage was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019.

Lynn Nottage was born in Brooklyn, New York; her mother Ruby Nottage was a schoolteacher and principal; her father Wallace was a child psychologist. She went to Saint Ann’s School for elementary school, and graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. While in high school, she wrote her first full-length play, The Darker Side of Verona, about an African-American Shakespeare company traveling through the south.

She attended Brown University (AB 1986, DFA 2011) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA, 1989). After graduation, Nottage worked in Amnesty International’s press office for four years. Most recently, Nottage received honorary degrees from Juilliard and Albright College. Nottage is married to filmmaker Tony Gerber, with whom she has two children, Ruby Aiyo and Melkamu Gerber –Wikipedia

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
PlaywrightThe River Crosses Rivers: Short Plays by Women of Color 2009-10 Season