Michael Wright Honored at the Kennedy Center

Monday, April 25, 2011



On Saturday afternoon, April 23rd, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Michael Wright, Applied Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Theatre and Film with The Milan Stitt Award for Outstanding Teacher of Playwriting. Kate Snodgrass, the award’s inaugural recipient, professor of theatre at Boston University and the artistic director of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre made the presentation.

The award came as a total surprise to Dr. Wright. He was told that he had been invited solely to direct two concert readings for the Kennedy Center.

Milan Stitt, who passed away in March 2009, was professor of dramatic writing and head of the MFA Playwriting Program at Carnegie Mellon University. He was the author of the critically praised 1976 Broadway drama THE RUNNER STUMBLES and founder and director of the play development program at the Circle Repertory Theater, an Off Broadway incubator for playwrights. In his years with the company, he served as dramaturg to budding playwrights like Bill C. Davis, Albert Innaurato, Arthur Kopit, Paul Zindel and David Mamet. Prior to his tenure at Carnegie Mellon, Milan Stitt taught at Yale School of Drama, University of Michigan, Princeton University, and New York University. 

Carmen Schaar-Walden