David Henry Hwang and Adrienne Kennedy are among the legit creatives to make the list of this year’s recipients of the USA Fellowships from United States Artists, the nonprofit with a mission to support artists in multiple disciplines.
Playwright Marcus Gardley, downtown choreographer-director Annie-B Parson, scribe-thesp-helmer Robbie McCauley and performance artists Guillermo Gomez-Pena and John Kelly also are among the stage artists to be named USA Fellows, each of whom receive $50,000 in unrestricted funds. USA awards a total of $2.5 million each year to a roster of 50 artists, with the number of creatives this year bumped up to 54 including collaborators.
Hwang is having something of a valedictory year. He’s currently the focus of a seasonlong slate of his work at Off Broadway’s Signature Theater (where his 1996 outing “Golden Child” is now playing), and this fall he was awarded the Steinberg Playwright Award, which comes with a hefty check of $200,000.
Kennedy’s work also has been showcased in an earlier Signature Theater season. Her last Off Broadway outing was “Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles?” at the Public Theater in 2008.
Also on the list of USA Fellows this year are choreographer Trisha Brown, novelist Annie Proulx and visual artist Coc Fusco, among others.