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Marsha Norman



Biography

Marsha Norman won the Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for her play ‘Night, Mother. She won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. She also wrote the book for the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, which is still out on tour. Her new play, The Master Butcher’s Singing Club, premiered at the Guthrie Theatre in 2010. She is currently writing a musical based on The Bridges of Madison County, with Jason Robert Brown, with whom she wrote a symphonic adaptation of E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan. Recently she has received a commission from the U.N. for a play about the issues of women and children around the world. Her many television and film credits include ‘Night,Mother, The Laundromat, The Pool Hall, Face of a Stranger, Cooler Climate, starring Sally Field and Judy Davis; Audrey Hepburn, Custody of the Heart, and Samantha, An American Girl. She spent one year as co-executive producer of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and in 2009, wrote for HBO’s In Treatment, which won a Peabody award. She is currently writing an HBO film based on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

Her other published work includes Four Plays, CollectedWorks of Marsha Norman, Vol. 1, and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has also won the Margo Jones Award and the Sidney Kingsley Award. In the spring of 2011, she will receive the William Inge Lifetime Achievement Award in Playwriting. For 17 years, Ms. Norman has been co-chair, with Christopher Durang, of the Playwriting Department of The Juilliard School. She serves on the Governing Board of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is chair of the Academic Affairs committee of the Board of Agnes Scott College, and a former VP of the Dramatists Guild of America. She is a native of Kentucky and currently lives in New York.
Marsha Norman