Interlochen alumna receives prestigious playwriting prize

Interlochen alumna Sarah Ruhl (IAC/NMC 87-88, 90) was recently announced as the winner of the 2016 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. Ms. Ruhl will receive the award on Nov. 14.

The Steinberg Award is a $200,000 prize given by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust recognizing excellence in American theater. It is one of the most prestigious awards, and, in monetary terms, one of the largest.

“I just burst into tears,” Ms. Ruhl told the New York Times. “These awards that you don’t apply for where they just rain down on you like manna from the heavens — the generosity is so shocking.”

Ms. Ruhl is a two-time Pultizer Prize finalist and Tony Award finalist for her plays The Oldest Boy, The Clean House and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. She has recently completed another play, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, which will open at the Lincoln Center Theater on March 20.

If you want to learn more about Sarah and her work, visit her website or check out the New York Times article linked above. Please join us in congratulating Sarah!