History

The Stanley Drama Award was established in 1957 by Staten Island philanthropist Alma Guyon Timolat Stanley and endowed through the Stanley-Timolat Foundation to encourage and support aspiring playwrights. The national Stanley Award competition is administered by the Wagner College Theatre program, listed for the last decade among the top five college theater programs in the country in the Princeton Review’s annual Best Colleges Guide. The award carries with it a monetary prize along with the distinction of joining the illustrious list of past Stanley Award winners.

The Stanley Drama Award has a long and distinguished history. Past winners include Terrence McNally’s “This Side of the Door” (aka “Things That Go Bump in the Night”), Lonne Elder III’s “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men,” and Jonathan Larson’s “Rent.” Among those judging for the Stanley Award have been playwrights Edward Albee and Paul Zindel, actresses Geraldine Page and Kim Stanley, and TV producer/pioneer talk-show host David Susskind.

Past Winners

Listed here are all of the winners of the Stanley Drama Awards, spanning back as far as the contest’s creation in 1957.

William I. Oliver, To Learn to Love (Clandestine on the Morning Line)
Josh Greenfeld, Hear the Laughter
Gene Radano, The Apple Doesn’t Fall
George Hitchcock, The Busy Martyr
Ernesto Fuentes, La Loca (La Fiesta)
Terrence McNally, This Side of the Door
Adrienne Kennedy, Funnyhouse of Negro & The Owl Answers
Megan Terry, Hothouse
Joseph Baldwin, Thompson
Lonnie Elder III, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men
Albert Zuckerman, To Become a Man
William Parchman, The Prize in the Crackerjack Box
Venable Herndon, Bag of Flies
Bernard Sabath, A Happy New Year to the Whole World Except Alexander Graham Bell
Yale Udoff, The Little Gentleman & The Club
Richard Lortz, Three Sons (Of Sons and Brothers)
Ben Roasa, Obtuse Triangle
Marvin Denicoff, Fortune Teller Man
C. Richard Gillespie, Carnivori
Gus Weill, Son of the Last Mule Dealer
Alan Riefe & Robert Haymes, Jonathan
C.K. Mack, A Safe Place
Jack Zeman, Past Tense
Barry Knower, Cutting Away
Robert Riche, The Stag at Eve
Norman Wexler, Private Opening
Barbara Allan Hite, Sissy and the Baby Jesus
Billy Bly, Jonas
Gloria Gonzalez, Cage Con Leche
Geoffrey Brown, The Mountains of Arafat
Dan Dervin, Interstates
David Richmond, Cue the Violins
Charles Leipart, Mr. & Mrs. ‘A’
Phil Atlakson, Norm Rex
Matthew Witten, Washington Square Moves
Susan Arnout Smith, Beast
Mary Gail, Planet of the Mutagens
Christopher Kyle, Boca
Jonathan Larson, Rent
Robert Alan Ford, Tierra Del Fuego
J.S. Stanisloff, Gone Astray
James Scully (book) Steve and Elise Seyfried (music), Flight
Frank Basloe, Shadow Plays
Ann Noble, The Pagan
Timothy Jay Smith, How High the Moon
Richard Kalinoski, Skin of a Lawyer
Joseph Zaitchik, Be Our Joys
Dylan Brody, Mother, May I
Richard Aellen, Farmers of Men
Peter Snoad, Guided Tour
Ruth McKee, Stray
Sam Wallin, Memory Fragments
Richard Martin Hirsch, The Restoration of Sight
Philip Gerson, Eyes Forward
Karen L. Lewis, The Perfect Wife
Brian Mulholland, The Return of Tartuffe
Jennifer Maisel, Out of Orbit
Bob Clyman, The Good Bet
Mike Bencivenga, Bad Hearts
Elisabeth Karlin, The Showman and the Spirit