Donja R. Love (he/him/his) is Black, Queer, HIV-Positive, and thriving. A Philly native, his work examines the forced absurdity of life for those who identify as Black, Queer, and HIV-positive – a diverse intersection filled with eloquent stories that challenge the white supremacist, heteronormative structures that exist in American culture. He’s the recipient of the Antonyo’s inaugural Langston Hughes Award, the Helen Merrill Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Award and the Princess Grace Playwriting Award. Other honors include The Lark’s Van Lier New Voices Fellowship, The Playwrights Realm’s Writing Fellowship, and the Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion. He’s the co-founder of The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for LGBTQ+ People of Color. He’s also the creator of Write It Out – a playwrights’ program for writers living with HIV. Plays include soft (MCC), one in two (The New Group), Fireflies (Atlantic Theater Company), Sugar in Our Wounds (Manhattan Theatre Club, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Nominations), and The Trade. He sits on the board at The Lark and is an Artistic Councilmember at People’s Theatre Project. He’s a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School.
Paige Zubel – PTC Playwriting Fellow
Jarrett McCreary and Lori Felipe-Barkin – Honorable Mention
|DIRT, ASH, DEAD TREE||Flor Underwater||The First Deep Breath||Our Hopeful Anxious Hearts|
|Rachel Graf Evans
|Donja R. Love
|Trouble of the World||Pheromone||What Will Happen to All That Beauty?|
|L M Feldman
|Las Mujeres||A People||Actually, Honestly,
Going to Fucking Die
Gayle & David Smith
Applications are now closed.
To learn more about the guidelines and eligibility for the Terrence McNally Award please see below.
McNally Award Guidelines
- The applicant must have been born, bred, or currently reside in the Philadelphia area in order to be eligible for the McNally Award. The applicant will be asked how they identify as a Philadelphia writer; the intent of the criteria is to be inclusive.
- The applicant must be over the age of 18 in order to be eligible.
- The applicant must have up to three pieces of work ready to submit. These pieces may be from three different projects, or may be one full-length script.
- The McNally award is intended to support playwrights at all stages. Playwrights may only win the award once.
- Plays that have been fully produced more than once or published are not eligible for the McNally Award. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production will be considered.
- Plays may not be under option or commission at the time of submission.
- Playwrights may submit a work that is co-authored but only the submitting artist will be eligible for the award.
- The work submitted should be primarily in English.
- Please submit up to three different work samples written for the stage, that you think best represent your work as a playwright. Terrence McNally’s plays were known to focus on three themes, which we hope our winning playwight will amplify: social justice, queer rights, and the transformative power of art. Please keep this in mind when choosing your submission materials.
- Please make sure each work sample is maximum 15 pages, unless you have chosen to submit one full-length play, in which case you may send the entire script. More material may be requested following the first round of adjudication (there are two rounds).
- Scripts must be typed and arranged in professional play script format. Please provide a synopsis and character breakdown(s) with your play or sample.
- Please type your entry in a reasonable font and include stage directions where necessary. Please submit a .pdf of your entry so that all formatting will remain intact and no edits can be accidentally made while your submission is being reviewed.
- Entries must be received by the deadline to be considered. The deadline will be announced in Fall 2021.
- All entries are final, but playwrights will have the opportunity for feedback and revisions between their selection as a winner and any public reading or presentation.
- Entries will be adjudicated by a panel of artists and peers drawn from the Philadelphia Theatre Community, the Industry at large, and the Company.
- If you have representation, please include your representation’s contact information on your cover page, along with your preference for whom to contact (it may be the playwright directly).
- The winner will be notified by phone (if provided) or email and announced publicly.
- If you are a playwright who would like to submit their work for the Terrence McNally Award please submit using this google form: https://bit.ly/3qeyJez.
- If you do not have a Gmail account or have trouble accessing the application online, you may submit your application directly by emailing [email protected]
philatheatreco.org, who will then send you the application questions.
If you are a playwright who would like to submit their work for the Terrence McNally Award please submit using this google form: https://bit.ly/3qeyJez.
The following questions will appear on the application:
- Name of Applicant:
- What are your pronouns?
- First Piece Title*:
- Second Piece Title*:
- Third Piece Title*:
- Can you describe how you identify as a Philadelphia playwright?
- Describe how your submission represents the spirit of Terrence McNally’s body of work. Does it amplify, build-up, expand, or tell in a new way the stories that provoke, illuminate, and hold up the core themes about which McNally wrote?
- Are you over the age of 18?
- Best way to contact you?
*Please include your last name and the title of your piece into the file name (ie Xavier_NameOfPiece.pdf)