The prize is given to recognize artists from any discipline who have pushed the boundaries of their art form and paved the way for the next generation. Parks joins a roster of high talent including Frank Gehry, Bob Dylan, Arthur Miller, Ornette Coleman, Anna Deavere Smith, Spike Lee and Maya Lin.
Parks was the first African-American to win the Pulitzer for drama when she got the award in 2002 for play “Topdog/Underdog.” Last year her “Father Comes Home From the Wars” parts 1-3, won the Obie for excellence Off Broadway.
“To be a recipient of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize is a great honor,” Parks said. “Past winners — I’ve been looking up to them and following in their footsteps for years. And now I’m invited to join them? It’s brilliantly trippy. And it’s humbling too, getting invited into this family of artists.”
Parks will be presented the prize on Nov. 30 at the Public Theater in New York City.