Caryl Churchill and Lena Lagushonkova take the European Drama Award 2022 from Schauspiel Stuttgart

25 June 2022

12 April 2022. The British playwright Caryl Churchill is the recipient of the European Drama Award 2022 for her complete works. The € 75,000 prize is awarded every two years by Schauspiel Stuttgart. The award is the largest dramatic award in Europe. The first winner in 2020 was the French playwright, director, actor and theater director Wajdi Mouawad.

In 2022, the jury comprised of: Barbara Engelhardt (artistic director of Theatre Maillon, Strasbourg), Peter Kümmel (theatre critic and editor of the weekly “Feuilleton”, Die Zeit), Peter Michalzik (author, chairman of the jury), Petra Olszowski (Secretary of the State, Ministry of Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg) and Thomas Ostermeier (director and art director at Schaubühne Berlin).

The European New Talent Drama Award 2022 goes to the Ukrainian playwright Lena Lagushonkova. The € 25,000 award is funded by the Heidelberg Foundation SRH Holding (SdbR).

The award ceremony is scheduled for November 2022.

The sole juror, Marius Ivaškevičius, Lithuanian playwright, essayist, prose author, screenwriter, journalist and director reflects on the winner: Lena Lagushonkova, a young Ukrainian playwright from Luhansk – now living in Kyiv – writes in her plays about the life of a young woman against the backdrop of revolution and war. The short dialogues and monologues in her plays are imbued with spare, direct language and sharp-witted humour”.

Jasmine Lee-Jones from the UK is the first dramatist and actress to receive the European New Talent Drama Award 2020.