The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is awarded annually to celebrate women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. Administered in Houston, New York and London, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is named after the noted American actor and writer who grew up in Houston and lived in London during the last 15 years of her life. Susan believed that society urgently needed more influence from talented women. It is the purpose of the Prize is to honor excellence and to perpetuate the high standards, creativity and vitality that were characteristic of Susan's life.
Judges for the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize are: Michael Buffong (U.K.) Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre; Maria Goyanes(U.S.) Artistic Director of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre; Tony and Olivier Award-winning stage director Marianne Elliott, OBE (U.K.); Playwright and winner of the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Nether, Jennifer Haley (U.S.); and celebrated stage, television and film actors, Tamsin Greig (U.K.) and Marin Ireland (U.S.).