Robert Brustein, Meryl Streep, James Taylor Among National Medal of Arts Honorees
Streep's stage credits include Trelawny of the Wells, Secret Service, The Cherry Orchard, Happy End, The Seagull, and Mother Courage and Her Children. She is a two-time Oscar winner for Kramer Vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice, In addition, she won the Emmy Award for HBO's film version of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.
Brustein, long-time artistic director of American Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory, is the author of such books as Revolution as Theatre: Notes on the New Radical Style, Who Needs Theatre: Dramatic Opinions, and Cultural Calisthenics: Writings on Race, Politics, and Theatre. Among his plays are adaptations of such classics as Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck and Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV. Among his original plays are Spring Forward, Fall Back and Demons, and Nobody Dies on Friday. In addition, he has served as critic for The New Republic.
Also among the 2010 National Medal of Arts Honorees are pianist Van Cliburn, painter Mark di Suvero, poet Daonld Hall, writer Harper Lee, jazz musicians Sonny Rollins and Quincy Jones, and songwriter and performer James Taylor, as well as the organization Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival.