The 2015 MacArthur "Genius Grant" winners have been announced, and Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is among the coveted crowd. The 24 selected winners of the MacArthur grant receive an unrestricted $625,000 stipend over the course of five years.
Set designer Mimi Lien, who designed Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon at Soho Rep. in 2014, is also a 2015 grant winner. Other artists to make this year's list include tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, painter Nicole Eisenman, photographer and video artist LaToya Ruby Frazier, writer Ben Lerner, puppetry artist and director Basil Twist, and poet Ellen Bryant Voigt.
The MacArthur Fellows Program selects talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. The three criteria for selection of Fellows are "exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work."
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