Gassner Award

About The Gassner Award

The John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award Competition fosters new playwrights and scripts through this important competition established by Molly Gassner, wife of theatre historian John Gassner. The Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903-1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

The winning script will be given a staged reading at the New England Theatre Conference Annual Convention in October.

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2016 Gassner Award Winner

Mary Miller for her play In The Kitchen: Thoughts on Love, Sex and Aging

Mary Miller, award-winning author and playwright writes about the "human condition with humor and heart."

Author of the short play FERRIS WHEEL, Mary is recognized by Random House as one of America's "finest playwrights."

She has won over a dozen national playwriting awards including the National Repertory Theatre Foundation, the Dayton FutureFest (twice) and honorable mention in the prestigious Jane Chamber Playwriting Award.