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2016 Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Contest

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Emma Stanton Winner of the 2016 Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Contest

Chicago, IL – August 10-12, 2016; Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual conference. Emma Stanton, who recently completed her MFA at Columbia University, is the winner of the 2016 Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Contest. Stanton was honored August 11, 2016 at the Association for Higher Education Award’s Ceremony and received $1000.

Stanton’s play, NO CANDY, rose to the top of 414 submissions and was featured in a concert-style reading performed by Chicago-area actors at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2016 conference. The play centers on a multi-generational community of Bosnian Muslim women as they cope with their experiences of war trauma. A full-length one-act, NO CANDY presents the persistence of humor, art, and absurdity in unimaginable times.

Judges for the Jane Chambers Contest “were struck by the creativity and social relevance of NO CANDY’s feminist focus on the aftermath of Bosnian genocide on women’s lives and its non-traditional representations of Muslim women,” says Maya Roth of Georgetown University. Although Stanton is not Bosnian, her family once hosted Bosnian artists who shared their work at Boston College. Of this influence, Stanton says, “… when I was looking to respond to what was happening to women around the world in areas of conflict, … I was reminded of the Bosnian War and used that landscape as a way to portray how women, specifically, survive war, and how they can use art as a tool to observe their traumas and interact with their identities.”

The Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Contest was created by the Women and Theatre Program (WTP) of ATHE in 1984 to honor plays that feature significant roles for women, under-represented themes, and with an openness to experimentations in form. The 2015 Jane Chambers’ Award-Winning play, ROE by Lisa Loomer, is currently in production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and will be produced at the Arena Stage and Berkeley Repertory Theatre later this season.

Of the 414 outstanding submissions to the contest this year, ten were chosen for varied honors. Runner-Ups include: LA LLORONA by Cecelia Raker and THE MADRES by Stephanie A. Walker. Honorable Mention recipients include: DANNY by Jennifer Barclay, SECOND SKIN by Kristin Idaszak, THE BUMPS by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, and WANDA, DAISY, AND THE GREAT RAPTURE by Alexis Taylor Schaetzle. Inda Craig-Galvan’s play, BLACK SUPER HERO MAGIC MAMA, is the winner of the Jane Chambers Student Award for Feminist Playwriting and was produced as a concert reading by the Women and Theatre Program in Chicago, where it was honored on August 10, 2016. Honorable mentions for the Student Contest include: BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 1995 by Miranda Rose Hall and “tender of you too” by Anya Richkind. For curatorial notes on each honored play, author, and rights information, see

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