Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage, Playwright

Photo courtesy of MacArthur Foundation

Representative Plays:

Sweat (2015)
Ruined (2009)
Intimate Apparel (2004)


Lynn Nottage is a playwright and a screenwriter. She is the only woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Her plays include Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Tony Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination), This is ReadingFloyd’sMlima’s TaleBy The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, StonePor’knockers;and POOF! Nottage wrote the book for the world premiere musical adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees and iscurrently writing the book to the upcoming musical MJ, featuring the music of Michael Jackson, premiering on Broadway in summer 2020.

She is the co-founder of the production company, Market Road Films, whose most recent projects include The Notorious Mr. Bout directed by Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin (Premiere/Sundance 2014), First to Fall directed by Rachel Beth Anderson (Premiere/ IDFA, 2013) and Remote Control (Premiere/Busan 2013- New Currents Award). She has developed original projects for HBO, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Showtime, This is That and Harpo. She was a writer and producer on the Netflix series She's Gotta Have It, directed by Spike Lee.

Nottage has recieved various fellowships, grants, and playwright awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship. She is a board member for BRIC Arts Media Bklyn, Donor Direct Action, Dramatist Play Service, Second Stage and the Dramatists Guild. She recently completed a three-year term as an Artist Trustee on the Board of the Sundance Institute. She is member of the The Dramatists Guild, WGAE, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Armory and an Associate Professor in the Theater Department at Columbia School of the Arts.



Professional Website

Resources found in the UC Berkeley Library Database:

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Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Audio) 

Fabulation (Audio) 

Ruined (Full Text) 

Intimate Apparel (Full Text) 

Las Meninas (Full Text) 

Mud, River, Stone (Full Text) 

Poof! (Full Text) 

Fabulation, or the Re-Education (Full Text) 


Pulitzer Prize Winner