Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel

Posted on October 17, 2018

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Gustavo Dudamel • 2018 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize From the United Nations to humble town squares to the great concert halls of the world, Gustavo Dudamel is driven by the belief that access to…

Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk

Posted on September 19, 2017

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Meredith Monk • 2017 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential…

Elizabeth LeCompte

Elizabeth LeCompte

Posted on September 1, 2016

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Elizabeth LeCompte • 2016 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Elizabeth LeCompte is a theater artist, who directs The Wooster Group, one of America's foremost experimental theater companies. LeCompte studied fine arts and art history at…

Suzan-Lori Parks

Suzan-Lori Parks

Posted on September 1, 2015

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Suzan-Lori Parks • 2015 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Named among Time magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the…

Maya Lin

Maya Lin

Posted on September 1, 2014

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Maya Lin • 2014 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize In her remarkable career, treat Maya Lin has created a powerful and highly influential body of work within both art and architecture that includes large-scale site-specific…

Spike Lee

Posted on September 1, 2013

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Spike Lee • 2013 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Spike Lee is a writer, director, producer, actor, author and educator who has helped revolutionize modern Black cinema; Mr. Lee is a forerunner in the “Do…

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Posted on September 1, 2012

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Anna Deavere Smith • 2012 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Playwright, actress, author and educator Anna Deavere Smith first achieved acclaim with her one-woman theater works Fires in the Mirror (on the 1991 Crown Heights riot in…

Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown

Posted on September 1, 2011

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Trisha Brown • 2011 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Trish Brown is a celebrated choreographer and the Founder of Trisha Brown Company. Over the course of her career, she has changed modern dance forever, pushing…

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe

Posted on September 1, 2010

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Chinua Achebe • 2010 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Born in Nigeria in 1930, Chinua Achebe put African literature on the map with his groundbreaking novel Things Fall Apart (1958), which has sold over ten…

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Posted on September 1, 2009

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Pete Seeger • 2009 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize In 2009, Pete Seeger led a chorus of half a million people in a sing-a-long of “This Land is Your Land” on the steps of the…

Robert Redford

Robert Redford

Posted on September 1, 2008

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Robert Redford • 2008 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Robert Redford is known internationally for his iconic work in front of and behind the camera, and as an activist and philanthropist, whose passions range from…

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

Posted on September 1, 2007

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Laurie Anderson • 2007 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize A seminal voice in the art world, Laurie Anderson is one of today’s premier multimedia performance artists, known for her groundbreaking use of technology. Over the…

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat

Posted on September 1, 2006

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Shirin Neshat • 2006 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Iranian-born visual artist Shirin Neshat is known for her hauntingly beautiful explorations of Islam and gender relations. Over the past 15 years, Neshat has created provocative…

Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars

Posted on September 1, 2005

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Peter Sellars • 2005 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Renowned theater, opera and film director Peter Sellars is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts. In the more than one…

Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman

Posted on September 1, 2004

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Ornette Coleman • 2004 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Innovative jazz composer and saxophonist Ornette Coleman taught the world new ways of listening to music for over five decades. His revolutionary ideas were controversial, but…

Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones

Posted on September 1, 2003

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Bill T. Jones • 2003 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Bill T. Jones, dancer, choreographer, and director, is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world. He co-founded the award-winning…

Lloyd Richards

Lloyd Richards

Posted on August 1, 2002

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Lloyd Richards • 2002 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Lloyd Richards was a Tony Award-winning director and Yale University professor emeritus. He was one of the giants of American theatre, recognized for his part in…

Jennifer Tipton

Posted on September 1, 2001

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Jennifer Tipton • 2001 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Jennifer Tipton is one of theater’s most accomplished and acclaimed lighting designers with credits across the stage in dance, opera and drama. In a career spanning…

Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham

Posted on September 1, 2000

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Merce Cunningham • 2000 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Merce Cunningham, dancer and choreographer, was the major force behind the evolution and innovation of modern dance for much of the last century. In his constant…

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller

Posted on September 1, 1999

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Arthur Miller • 1999 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Arthur Miller was elevated into the annals of literary history as one of the greatest dramatists of this century when Death of a Salesman opened on…

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende

Posted on September 1, 1998

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Isabel Allende • 1998 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Chilean author, Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende’s…

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Posted on September 1, 1997

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Bob Dylan • 1997 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Throughout a career spanning nearly five decades, Bob Dylan has been one of the single most influential and continually compelling presences in American popular music, and…

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

Posted on September 1, 1996

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Robert Wilson • 1996 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Robert Wilson “represents not only a vital American sensibility but one of the supreme theatrical imaginations of our time,” wrote Robert Marx in Opera News, Indeed,…

Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman

Posted on September 1, 1995

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Ingmar Bergman • 1995 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Ingmar Bergman was an acclaimed Swedish film writer-director; he is widely recognized as being among the most influential filmmakers of all time. Described as a “master…

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

Posted on September 1, 1994

BiographySelection CommitteeGallery Frank Gehry • 1994 Recipient of the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize Frank O. Gehry is a Canadian American architect and designer and the Founder of Gehry Partners.  His innovative use of materials and the sculptural quality of…