Emma Stanton Wins Jane Chambers Award, Princess Grace Fellowship

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The 2016 Jane Chambers Award for excellence in feminist playwriting has been given this year to Theatre alumna Emma Stanton ‘16, for No Candy. The play, which centers on a multi-generational community of Bosnian Muslim women who have opened a souvenir shop near the Srebrenica Memorial, examines how women cope, both privately and publicly, with their experiences at war. School of the Arts playwriting student Gethsemane Herron '19 was also a finalist for the award for her play, Heifer.

Stanton was also recently awarded a Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, which is annually honors a new group of emerging artists in theater, dance and film. Winners are granted residency in the writer’s group New Dramatists, so that they may continue to develop their work as part of a unique, diverse, dynamic community of professional playwrights.

Stanton has worked with such companies as Redmoon Theater, American Theater Company, About Face Theatre, Double Edge Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 600 Highwaymen, En Garde Arts, and Walkabout Theater Company, where she currently serves as Associate Artistic Director. In June 2016, No Candy was part of a Columbia/Roundabout Theatre Underground Reading Series in NY. Stanton will be publicly honored at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Award’s Ceremony August 11. The Women’s Theater Program will host a reading of No Candy the following day, August 12, in Chicago.

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