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The Defender Award
The Defender Award is given in recognition of an individual, group, or organization’s efforts in support of free expression in the dramatic arts. This award is selected annually by the board of the DLDF and is presented at the Dramatists Guild’s Awards Night.
LIST OF PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS
2019: Svetlana Mintcheva, National Coalition Against Censorship
Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of Programming at the National Coalition Against Censorship, was presented with the Defender award for the NCAC’s fierce commitment to protecting and advocating the First Amendment.
2018: Marjory Stoneman Douglas students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña
Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña were presented with the Defender award for composing the song “Shine” in the aftermath of the shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school.
2017: Hamilton cast and crew
The Hamilton cast and crew were presented with the Defender award for presenting their statement of inclusion to then Vice-President elect, Mike Pence after a performance in November 2016.
2016: Edward J. Davis
Davis was presented with the Defender award for his pro-bono representation of author David Adjmi in his successful fair use case regarding his play 3C.
2015: Howard Sherman
Sherman was presented the award for his commitment to free expression in the dramatic arts.
2014: Larissa Marks
Larissa Marks, a high school senior from Trumbull, CT who successfully organized her community in opposition to her school’s sudden cancellation of their upcoming production of RENT, ultimately forcing the production’s reinstatement.