Composer Jeanine Tesori to Receive Major Award from New Dramatists

By David Salazar
(Credit: Rodolfo Martinez)

Famed composer Jeanine Tesori will be honored by the New Dramatists with the 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award at its 71st Annual Spring Luncheon Tribute scheduled for Thursday, May 21st at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Tesori is a renowned composer whose operatic works include “Blue,” “A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck,” and “The Lion, the Unicorn and Me.” Her next opera, entitled “Grounded,” will be performed at the Metropolitan Opera.

Tesori will be honored alongside famed writer Tony Kushner. The two will be represented on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of “Caroline, or Change.”

“Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori are two of the most gifted and revered theatre artists of their generation,” stated  Emily Morse, Artistic Director of New Dramatists in a press release. “Through decades of commitment to their art and craft, groundbreaking storytelling, and deep collaborations with other brilliant theatre artists, both Kushner and Tesori have had a transformative effect on the American theatre, and all of us who have been fortunate to sit in their audience are grateful.  While we will celebrate their stellar careers at this year’s Luncheon, we also wish to shine a spotlight on the importance of collaboration, and their inspired collaboration that is so beautifully and powerfully demonstrated in their musical, ‘Caroline, or Change.’”