David Henry Hwang is the head of the playwriting concentration at Columbia University.
David Henry Hwang is the head of the playwriting concentration at Columbia University.
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Roundabout Theatre Company and Columbia University School of the Arts have announced the winners of Columbia@Roundabout's 2017 New Play Reading Series.

The reading series awards three playwrights from the current M.F.A. program and recent alumni with a cash prize as well as two readings in Roundabout's Black Box Theatre. Five finalists have also received cash prizes in recognition of their exceptional work. No other collaborative partnership in the New York area brings together an esteemed Ivy League M.F.A. program with a Tony Award-winning not-for-profit theater. The reading series is made possible by a grant from the Tow Foundation.

Playwrights featured in the second annual Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series include Anchuli Felicia King, Alix Sobler, and Jillian Walker. Finalists include Melis Aker, Nora Sørena Casey, Elisabeth Frankel, Kate Mulley, and Kristin Slaney.

The New Play Reading Series will be held June 12-19. Mentorship is provided by celebrated Columbia faculty members, including Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Lynn Nottage, and Obie Award winner Charles L. Mee.

The selection committee consisted of two representatives from Roundabout Theatre Company, director of new play development Jill Rafson and artistic consultant Robyn Goodman, and two representatives from Columbia University, Christian Parker, chair of the theater program at Columbia University School of the Arts, and Hwang, head of the playwriting concentration for the program.