2017 WINNER  |  David Burnett   |  Photojournalist

David Burnett has been an internationally acclaimed photojournalist for over five decades. He learned to photograph on his high school year book in Salt Lake City, and eventually worked for TIME Magazine in Washington, in Miami, and later for two years in Vietnam, as a freelance correspondent. He has worked on contract with LIFE, TIME and PEOPLE, and continues to work for a variety of magazines in the US and Europe. He is the recipient of the "Press Photo of the Year" award from World Press Photo Foundation (Holland), "Magazine Photographer of the Year" from the Pictures of the Year (USA), the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America (USA), the latter of which has also twice awarded him the Olivier Rebbot award for work done around the world. He's photographed every American President since John F. Kennedy, and covered every Summer Olympic Games since 1984. He has taught a number of workshops, including the Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai, and Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, and has twice chaired the Jury of World Press Photo. He has authored three large-format photography books: Soul Rebel - An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley, the world-renowned Reggae musician and songwriter; 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World, a photo memoir of the Iranian Revolution and Man Without Gravity (in French) a collection of his Olympic sports photographs. He lives in the New York area, but considers himself a citizen of the world.

Learn more about David and his work by visiting his website at www.davidburnett.com.



David Burnett

2016 WINNER  |  Coco Fusco   |  Interdisciplinary Artist

Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer and the Andrew Banks Endowed Professor of Art at the University of Florida. She is a recipient of a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco's performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Mercosul, Transmediale, The London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil and Performa05. Her works have also been shown at the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.

Fusco is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995) and The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is also the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003). Her new book entitled Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba was recently issued by Tate Publications in London.

Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007)



Coco Fusco

2015 WINNER  |  Bobby Previte   |  Composer/Drummer

Composer, drummer and bandleader, Bobby Previte studied at the University of Buffalo, surrounded by some of the pioneers of new music: John Cage, Morton Feldman, Lucas Foss, and Jan Williams, with whom he majored in percussion. He moved to New York City in 1979 and became involved with the downtown music scene, which has come to be known as contemporary-classical. A series of albums recorded in the late '80s established him as one of the relatively few drummers who were also composers of significance. Leading a plethora of diverse ensembles, he has performed at festivals and clubs worldwide, and has collaborated with some of the leading lights in and beyond the world of music - from master composer John Adams to rock icon Tom Waits to legendary filmmaker Robert Altman.

Previte has worked in theater, film and television, and has enjoyed residencies at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Civitella Ranieri, Montalvo Arts Center, and nine MacDowell Colony fellowships. In addition to the Greenfield Prize, Previte has received awards and grants from the Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, The American Music Center, Mid Atlantic Arts, New York. His latest album is “Terminals", featuring five concertos for percussion ensemble and soloists.



Bobby Previte

RHAPSODY (Terminals Part II: In Transit)
2014 WINNER  |  Nilo Cruz  |  Playwright

Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida, Cruz is best known for his play Anna in the Tropics, which won the Steinberg award, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received a Tony nomination. His other plays include Dancing on Her Knees, Night Train to Bolina, A Park in Our House, Two Sisters and a Piano, Beauty of the Father, Lorca in a Green Dress among others. Cruz has translated Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Doña Rosita the Spinster; and Jose Sanchez Sinisterra's Ay Carmela. He also adapted Gabriel Garcia Marquez's A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings for the stage. Nilo has been the recipient of other awards and fellowships, including two NEA/TCG National Theatre Artist Residency grants, a Rockefeller Foundation grant and the San Francisco's W. Alton Jones award. In 2009 he won The Laura Pels Mid-career Playwrighting award and a Helen Merrill award for Excellence in playwriting. He also received the USA Ella Fontanals-Cisneros award from the United States Artists. Mr. Cruz has taught playwriting at Brown, NYU Gallatin School, Yale School of Drama, and the University of Iowa.

He recently co-wrote the screenplay Castro's Daughter with Oscar winner Bobby Moresco. His new screenplay is Anna in the Tropics. He also finished writing the libretto of Bel Canto, based on the novel by Anne Patchett for the Lyric Opera in Chicago. His new play Sotto Voce will premiere off-Broadway in February at Theatre for the New City and Miami Dade County Auditorium in March.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  |  Olympia Dukakis

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS. Broadway: Rose (Drama Desk Award Nominee), Social Security, Who's Who in Hell. London: Rose (Royal National Theatre), Credible Witness (Royal Court). Off-Broadway: The Milk train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, The Tempest, Singing Forest, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Curse of the Starving Class, Titus Andronicus, A Man's a Man (Obie Award), Electra and Peer Gynt at the Public Theatre. She is an Academy Award winner for her performance in Moonstruck, a role that also earned her a Golden Globe Award, American Comedy Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in more than 60 feature and short films, including Cloudburst (most recent), Mr. Holland's Opus, Steel Magnolias, Dad, Look Who's Talking I, II & III, Mighty Aphrodite, Jeffrey, Away From Her, among many others. Television: Bored to Death (most recent), Last of the Blond Bombshells (Judi Dench), Sinatra (Golden Globe Nominee), Joan of Arc (Emmy Nominee), Tales of the City, More Tales of the City (Emmy Nominee), and Further Tales of the CityMother Courage and Her Children. Founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ for 19 years; also a founding member of the Actor's Company and the Charles Playhouse, both in Boston. She taught acting at NYU (graduate school) for fourteen years and teaches master classes for colleges and universities across the country. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Greek America Foundation and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor and received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year.



Nilo Cruz

Olympia Dukakis

2013 WINNER  |  Trenton Doyle Hancock  |  Visual Artist

Trenton Doyle Hancock was born in 1974 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Raised in Paris, Texas, Hancock earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce, and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. Influenced by the history of painting, especially Abstract Expressionism, Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots, and convey symbolic meaning. Hancock’s paintings often rework Biblical stories that the artist learned as a child from his family and local church community. Balancing moral dilemmas with wit and a musical sense of language and color, Hancock’s works create a painterly space of psychological dimensions.

Trenton Doyle Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, the Seattle Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. The recipient of numerous awards, Hancock lives and works in Houston, where he was a 2002 Core Artist in Residence at the Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. (Biography info – www.pbs.org)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  |  Jerry Saltz  |  Art Critic and Columnist

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with the Greenfield Foundation, is very pleased to announce that Jerry Saltz, senior art critic and columnist for New York Magazine, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Greenfield Prize Award Dinner being held on Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Sarasota, FL. Mr. Saltz joins a list of impressive speakers that have appeared at the dinner, including Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang, Public Theatre Artistic Director Osker Eustis, renowned American Painter James Rosenquist, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Music Director for Aspen Music Festival and School Robert Spano. The prestigious $30,000 Prize rotates among three arts disciplines: theater, music and visual art. The 2013 Greenfield Prize will be presented in visual art to an American painter. Past winners were Playwright Craig Lucas, Composer Eve Beglarian, Visual Artist Sanford Biggers, Playwright John Guare, and Composer and Jazz Pianist Vijay Iyer.

Jerry Saltz, has been senior art critic and a columnist for New York magazine since 2006. Before that, Saltz was senior art critic for The Village Voice newspaper. His criticisms have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times and featured in two books, Seeing Out Loud and Seeing Out Louder. Saltz was the sole advisor for the 1995 Whitney Biennial and has served as a visiting critic to many schools and universities including The School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Yale University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Trenton Doyle Hancock

Jerry Saltz

2012 WINNER  |  Vijay Iyer  |  Composer, Pianist

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist VIJAY IYER was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today," by The New Yorker as one of "today's most important pianists... extravagantly gifted... brilliantly eclectic," and by the Los Angeles Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star." He was voted the 2010 Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and named one of the "50 Most Influential Global Indians" by GQ India. Iyer has released fifteen albums as a leader, most recently Tirtha (2011), Solo (2010), and the multiple-award-winning Historicity (2009), which features the Vijay Iyer Trio (Iyer, piano; Marcus Gilmore, drums; Stephan Crump, bass). Historicity was a 2010 Grammy Nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, and was named #1 Jazz Album of the Year in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Metro Times, National Public Radio, PopMatters.com, the Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll, and the Downbeat International Critics Poll. The trio won the 2010 Echo Award (the "German Grammy") for best international ensemble and the Downbeat Critics Poll for rising star small ensemble of the year. Iyer's many awards also include the Alpert Award in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous composer commissions.

Iyer has also collaborated with Steve Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rez Abbasi, Craig Taborn, Ambrose Akinmusire, David Binney, Dafnis Prieto, Liberty Ellman, Steve Lehman, Butch Morris, George Lewis, Amina Claudine Myers, Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, Dead Prez, Das Racist, Imani Uzuri, John Zorn, DJ Spooky, Karsh Kale, and Talvin Singh; filmmakers Haile Gerima and Bill Morrison; choreographer Karole Armitage; and poets Mike Ladd, Amiri Baraka, Charles Simic, and Robert Pinsky. His works have been performed by Ethel, JACK, Brentano String Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Hermès Ensemble, and Imani Winds. A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities and the arts, Iyer holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Yale University, plus a Masters in Physics and a Ph.D. in Technology and the Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published articles in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, and The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2010.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  |  Robert Spano  |  Conductor, Composer

Robert Spano is one of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. As Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has enriched and expanded its repertoire and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence. In 2012, Robert Spano becomes Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School and is also a Fellow of the Aspen Institute as part of the Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Program.

Spano's 2011-2012 engagements include appearances with Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Orchestra of St. Luke's. Respected as a collaborative pianist and composer, Spano joins bass-baritone Eric Owens for three recitals in Denver, CO, Davis, CA and Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in New York. Maestro Spano conducts the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra as well as the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia and at the Dresden Music Festival. Spring 2012 marks the third, and final, year of Spano's three-year residency at Emory University. In its 165-year history, Emory University has honored only seven other individuals with such expansive residencies, including the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter and author Salman Rushdie.

Robert Spano opens the Atlanta Symphony's 2011-2012 season September 22 and in October conducts the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nyx in both Atlanta and New York's Carnegie Hall. Mr. Spano conducts three world premieres in Atlanta this season; an ASO commission by Atlanta School of Composers member Adam Schoenberg and works by Alvin Singleton and Marcus Roberts. Mr. Spano oversees two Theater of a Concert performances: Bach's St. Matthew Passion and John Adams' A Flowering Tree.

With an extensive discography of 16 critically-acclaimed recordings for Telarc and Deutsche Grammophon, Robert Spano has garnered six Grammy Awards. In February 2011, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Naxos created ASO Media and the label's first recording was released in April 2011. The unanimously praised premiere recording featured new works by Atlanta School of Composers members Jennifer Higdon and Michael Gandolfi conducted by Robert Spano: Higdon's On a Wire and Gandolfi's QED: Engaging Richard Feynman. The second recording on the label was released in June 2011; a recording of the Atlanta Symphony commission of Christopher Theofanidis's Symphony paired with Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs, exquisitely sung by mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor.

Musical America's 2008 "Conductor of the Year," Mr. Spano is on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory, and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin. Spano served as director of the prestigious Festival of Contemporary Music at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Music Center in 2003 and 2004, and from 1996 to 2004 was Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He headed the Conducting Fellowship Program at the Tanglewood Music Center from 1998 to 2002 and was music director of the 2006 Ojai Festival. In May 2009 Spano was awarded Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award for the advancement of American music.

Born in 1961 in Conneaut, Ohio, and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, Robert Spano grew up in a musical family, composing and playing flute, violin and piano. He is a graduate of Oberlin, where he studied conducting with Robert Baustian, and continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with the late Max Rudolf. In 2004 at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Spano performed under water, a work for solo piano he composed based on Debussy's Engulfed Cathedral. He has been featured on CBS's "Late Night with David Letterman," "CBS Sunday Morning," A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts" and PBS's "City Arts." Spano was named Musical America's 2008 Conductor of the Year. He makes his home in Atlanta.



Vijay Iyer

Robert Spano

Robert Spano Keynote at 2012 Greenfield Prize Dinner
Robert Spano
Keynote at 2012
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Bruce Rodgers 2012 Greenfield Prize Speech
Bruce Rodgers
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Joe Melillo Speaks at Greenfield Prize Dinner 2012
Joe Melillo
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Prize Dinner 2012
2011 WINNER  |  John Guare  |  Playwright

John Guare's plays include Lydie Breeze; Bosoms and Neglect; The House of Blue Leaves, which won an Obie and NY Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best American Play of 1970- 71 and four Tonys in its 1986 Lincoln Center revival; Six Degrees of Separation, which received the NY Drama Critics Circle Award in 1991 for its LCT production and the Olivier Best Play Award in 1993. Grove Press publishes Landscape of the Body and A Few Stout Individuals. He wrote the lyrics and coauthored the book for the 1972 Tony-winning Best Musical, Two Gentlemen of Verona. His screenplay for Louis Malle's Atlantic City earned him an Oscar nomination. In 2003 he won the PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award; in 2004, the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in 2005 the Obie for sustained excellence. He is a council member of the Dramatists Guild and co-editor of The Lincoln Center Theater Review.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  |  Oskar Eustis  |  Artistic Director

Oskar Eustis is the Artistic Director of The Public Theater and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and artistic director for theaters around the country. From 1981 through 1986 he was resident director and dramaturg at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, and Artistic Director until 1989, when he moved to the L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum as Associate Artistic Director until 1994. Mr. Eustis then served as Artistic Director at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island for eleven years. In 2005 he took the helm at New York's Public Theater. Throughout his career, Mr. Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new plays as both a director and a producer. At The Public he directed the New York premiere of Rinne Groff's The Ruby Sunrise and Hamlet. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production); Homebody/Kabul (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production); the world premiere of Rinne Groff's The Ruby Sunrise; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika; as well as world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado. He commissioned Tony Kushner's Angels in America at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. He was a professor of Theatre, Speech and Dance at Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training. He received an honorary doctorate from Brown in 2001 and currently serves as Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University.



John Guare

Oskar Eustis

2010 WINNER  |  Sandford Biggers  |  Visual Artist

A native of Los Angeles, California, and current New York resident, Sanford Biggers has won several awards including the New York Percent for the Arts Commission, Art Matters Grant, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Award in performance

Mr. Biggers has also participated in several prestigious national and international artist residencies and fellowships including Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California, ARCUS Project Foundation, Ibaraki, Japan, and He has been a fellow of the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, the P.S. 1 International Studio Program, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency.

Sanford Biggers' installations, videos, and performances have appeared in venues worldwide including the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London, the Whitney Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, as wellas institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland and Russia.

Sanford has been included in several notable shows such as Prospect 1/ New Orleans Biennial and Illuminations at the Tate Modern, Performa 07. He has also had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, London, New York, Berkeley, Kansas City and in Europe and the Far East.

Biggers is presently full time faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University Sculpture and Expanded Media program and was a visiting scholar and artist in residence at Harvard University in 2009.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  |  James Rosenquist  |  Visual Artist

Jim Rosenquist had an itinerant childhood. An only child he moved with his family frequently throughout the Midwest. In 1957, after moving to New York, James Rosenquist joined the sign painters union and in 1958 went to work for ArtKraft Strauss Company painting billboards. He also worked on window displays for Bonwit Teller and Tiffany. By 1960 Mr. Rosenquist had set aside enough of his commercial earnings to allow him to spend a year painting in his studio. He moved to Coenties Slip in Manhattan, where he shared a loft with Charles Hinman. Mr. Rosenquist had tentatively explored the use of commercial methods and materials in his studio work of the late 1950s but after his move to the Slip, he left behind both the abstract expressionist and figurative modes he had employed in his early work and developed the montage like arrangement of deliberately fragmented images from popular culture - that characterized the monumental paintings of his mature style.

Mr. Rosenquist had his first one-man exhibition at the Green Gallery in New York in 1962, and every painting was sold. In 1963 he completed a mural for the New York World's Fair, and Art in America selected him as "Young Talent Painter" of the year. Two years later the artist finished painting the monumental, highly publicized F-111, which toured Europe during the 1960s and has been considered an important expression of the anti-Vietnam War movement. During the 1970s he became active in issues of artists' rights legislation. In 1976 Mr. Rosenquist built his house and studio in Aripeka, FL. Since the early 1960s, Rosenquist has worked extensively at numerous printmaking workshops in addition to Graphicstudio, including Aeropress, Gemini G.E.L., Petersburg Press, Styria Studio, Tyler Graphics, Ltd., and Universal Limited Art Editions. Among Rosenquist's honors is the World Print Award, which he received in 1983 from the World Print Council at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

(Bio – Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art.)


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2009 WINNER  |  Craig Lucas  |  Playwright

Craig Lucas' plays include Missing Persons, Blue Window, Reckless, God's Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, Prayer For My Enemy and The Singing Forest. He wrote the book for The Light In The Piazza, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel; the musical play Three Postcards, music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia; the libretto for the opera Orpheus in Love, music by Gerald Busby; and he has recently completed the libretto for Two Boys, an opera with composer Nico Muhly, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and scheduled to premiere there in a co-production with the English National Opera. His new English adaptations include Brecht’s Galileo, Chekhov's Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, and Strindberg’s Miss Julie. His screenplays include Longtime Companion (Sundance Audience Award), The Secret Lives of Dentists (New York Film Critics Best Screenplay), Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless and The Dying Gaul, which he also directed. Twice nominated for a Tony (Prelude to a Kiss and The Light in the Piazza), three times for the Drama Desk (Prelude, Missing Persons and Reckless), he has won the L.A. Drama Critics Award (Blue Window), the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Award for Best American Play (The Singing Forest), the Hull-Warriner Award (The Light in the Piazza), the LAMBDA Literary Award (for his anthology What I Meant Was), the Flora Roberts Award, the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Laura Pels/PEN Mid-Career Achievement Award and the Joan Cullman Award; he has twice won the Obie Award for Best Play (Prelude and Small Tragedy). He graduated from Boston University where he studied with poets Anne Sexton and George Starbuck. Lucas serves as Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theater in Seattle.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER   |  David Lang  |  Composer

Audiences around the globe are hearing more and more of David Lang's work: in performances by such organizations as the Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet; at Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, The Munich Biennale, the Settembre Musica Festival, the Sidney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival and the Almeida, Holland, Berlin, Strasbourg and Huddersfield Festivals; in theater productions in New York, San Francisco and London; in the choreography of Twyla Tharp, La La La Human Steps, The Nederlands Dans Theater and the Royal Ballet; and at Lincoln Center, the South Bank Centre, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Recent projects include The Little Match Girl Passion, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Paul Hillier's vocal ensemble Theater of Voices and for which Lang was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music; Writing On Water for the London Sinfonietta, with visuals by English filmmaker Peter Greenaway; The Difficulty of Crossing a Field — a fully staged opera for the Kronos Quartet;Loud Love Songs, a concerto for the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and the oratorio Shelter, with co-composers Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, at the Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In addition to the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music, Lang's numerous honors and awards include the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1999 he received a Bessie Award for his music for choreographer Susan Marshall's The Most Dangerous Room in the House, performed live by the Bang on a Can All-Stars at the Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Carbon Copy Building won the 2000 Village Voice OBIE Award for Best New American Work. The CD recording of The Passing Measures was named one of the best CDs of 2001 by The New Yorker magazine. Lang is cofounder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music festival, Bang on a Can.


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David Lang