The Stanley Drama Award



​Winner Bob Clyman accepting his award Speech


Congratulations to our 2015 Stanley Drama Award winner Bob Clyman for his play, The Good Bet!

About the Stanley Drama Award

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.


Bob Clyman's 'The Good Bet'

SYNOPSIS:  Mark, a respected moral philosopher, has never wavered from his bedrock belief that people are fundamentally good. Ben, who investigates intellectual property fraud, is equally convinced that any apparent act of kindness is simply a subtler tactic for pursuing the same self-serving results.

Their close but unlikely friendship since childhood has always been tense, with Mark’s persistent efforts to help Ben achieve greater fulfillment matched in intensity by the seething resentment his efforts stir up in Ben.

When Ben decides to stop investigating white collar criminals and begin turning previously law abiding employees into them instead, thereby incurring Mark’s disapproval, he proposes a bet, ostensibly to settle their longstanding argument over human nature but in reality with a much darker purpose in mind.

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BIO:  Bob Clyman’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theatres, such as the Alley Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, George Street Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Colony Studio Theatre in Los Angeles, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and L.A. Theatre Works, in addition to touring Scotland. His play Secret Order was initially commissioned and produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre under the auspices of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It was subsequently produced at 59E59 Theatre in New York, where it was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics Award for the best script in 2008, and has since been produced at many regional theatres. His plays Tranced and The Exceptionals were both supported by Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards. Tranced has been produced by San Jose Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, among others. The Expectionals was produced by the Contemporary American Theatre Festival and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, where it was nominated for both Best Play and Best New Play of 2012 by The Independent Reviewers of New England. His most recent play The Good Bet, was chosen for The Ashland New Play Festival in 2014. He has been awarded a number of national prizes, including a Eugene O’Neill Summer Conference Fellowship, Geraldine Dodge Fellowship, Playwrights First Award, New Jersey State Arts Council Award, Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, Berilla-Kerr Foundation Award, Djerassi Foundation Fellowship, Shenandoah Valley Playwrights Fellowship, and Theater in the Works Fellowship.

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Congratulations to our 2015 Stanley Drama Award winner Bob Clyman for his play, The Good Bet!



Congratulations to our two finalists Harold Ellis Clark and Jackson Toby for their plays Uncle Bobby '63 and Seducing Jonathan, No Easy Task.


​Finalist Harold Ellis Clark posing with his award


Congratulations to the winner of the music composition contest Will Pegg '16 for his piece The Eternal Theatre!


Justin Guarini with the winner of the music composition contest, Will Pegg.



​Todd Alan Price with winner Bob Clyman, presenter Justin Guarini and Harry Coghlan from Clear Channel Spectacolor.