Up and Coming Drama and Samuel French Play Publishing Honors Playwright Alumna Janine Nabers

Abbie van Nostrand, Janine Nabers, and Pippin Parker

Abbie van Nostrand, Janine Nabers, and Pippin Parker

On March 22, The New School for Drama and Samuel French held a staged reading event honoring 2008 graduate Janine Nabers, who received this year’s Samuel French/New School for Drama Award for Excellence in Playwriting.

Nabers was one of the winners of the 33rd Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival for her play Juniper; Jubilee. To continue the second year of the relationship between The New School for Drama’s playwrights and Samuel French, the two collaborated to present excerpts of Nabers’ newest play, Annie Bosh is Missing, for an invited audience of theater producers, literary agents, and guests.

Nabers is a Dramatists Guild Fellowship recipient and has been accepted into the MacDowell Colony Writers’ Residency in New Hampshire, as well as awarded a fellowship at the Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat in Wyoming where she was invited along with a select group of playwrights to work on new plays during the month of February.

Introductory remarks were given by Robert LuPone, who spoke of the continued success of The New School’s program, as well as comments from Playwriting Chair Pippin Parker, and Abbie van Nostrand, vice-president of Samuel French. The reading, directed by Parker, also featured alumni Patrick Williams (’09) and Laura Gourdine (’08). Other scholarship award recipients singled out at the event were director Elizabeth Carlson (’10), recipient of the Doug Hughes Scholarship; playwright Victor Lesniewski (’10), recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Scholarship; and actor Emma Angulo-Ramos (’10), recipient of the Ruth and Harold Newman Scholarship.