Lynn Nottage, whose Off Broadway hit “Intimate Apparel” received multiple productions across the country, is among 24 people honored by the MacArthur Foundation with this year’s “genius grants,” it was announced today.
Also receiving grants are classical vocalist Dawn Upshaw, blues musician Corey Harris and choreographer Shen Wei.
Other recipients cover a wide range of professions including a forensic anthropologist, a molecular biologist and a medieval historian.
Other plays by Nottage include “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” “Fabulation” and “Por’knockers.” The 42-year-old playwright lives in Brooklyn and is a grad of Brown U. and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer.
Nottage’s recent work includes an adaptation of the slave narratives which was workshopped at New York’s Roundabout Theater Company, and “Ruined,” set in a mining town in the Congo rainforest, scheduled to receive a workshop at Chicago’s Goodman Theater.
The MacArthur fellows each receive $500,000 for use from the philanthropic org, which has awarded $3 billion in grants since the program was established in 1978.