AMERICAN THEATER | Songwriters Isabella Dawis and Tidtaya Sinutoke win Fred Ebb Award

Isabella Dawis and Tidtaya Sinutoke.

NEW YORK CITY: The Fred Ebb Foundation will present the 17th Annual Fred Ebb Award to songwriting team Isabella Dawis and Tidtaya Sinutoke. Named in honor of the late composer, lyricist and director for his many contributions to the theater community (including the musicals he wrote with John Kander), the award recognizes excellence in songwriting of musical theater by up-and-coming songwriters or crews who have yet to achieve commercial success. The $60,000 prize will support the creation of new musical theater works.

The judging panel includes foundation trustee Mitchell S. Bernard, actress Ann Harada, music director David Loud and actress Amy Spanger. The Fred Ebb Award will be presented by Heidi Blickenstaff and Julia Murney at an invitation-only ceremony at Bond 45 on May 2 at 6 p.m.

Isabelle Dawis is a Filipino American playwright and performer. She is the recipient of the 2022 Kleban Prize for Musical Theater and holds a 2021-23 Composers and the Voice Fellowship with the American opera project. His work includes half of the sky and sun watcher. Isabella was a 2019-2020 Rockwell Scholar at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts.

Tidtaya Sinutoke is a Thai composer, writer and musical theater musician based in New York. His songwriting credits include half of the sky, sun watcherand Dear Mr C.. She received the 2017 Jonathan Larson Fellowship, the 2020 Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award, the 2020 Prize Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award2021-2023 Composers and Voice Fellowship with the American Opera Project, and the 2021 Playwrights Realm International Theater Makers Award.

The Fred Ebb Foundation was established in 2005 pursuant to Ebb’s will and is funded by royalties from Ebb’s catalog of works. In addition to this award, the foundation makes an annual donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and has donated over $18 million.

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