Emilie "Mimi" Kilgore

Emilie “Mimi” Kilgore


The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is saddened to announce the death of our beloved Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of the Prize, Emilie “Mimi” Kilgore. Mimi was an extraordinary woman of great vision, intelligence, grace and generosity. After the untimely death of her sister Susan, Mimi co-founded (with Susan’s husband Bill) the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which has become the largest and oldest international playwriting prize for women+ writing for the English-speaking theatre. She worked tirelessly for over 40 years to create the force that the Prize has become, changing the theatrical landscape forever. Thank you, Mimi.


Full Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/houstonchronicle/name/emilie-kilgore-obituary?id=38229188



Donations in honor of Mimi may be made through the Donate page or via check to:
The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, P. O. Box 22953, Houston, TX 77227.




2022 Finalists Amanda Wilkin Chiara Atik Benedict Lombe Daniella De Jesús Lauren Whitehead Kae Tempest Sonya Kelly Zora Howard Joanna Murray-Smith Sarah Hanly

2021-2022 Finalists:
Top row: Amanda Wilkin, Chiara Atik, Benedict Lombe, Daniella De Jesús, & Lauren Whitehead
Bottom row: Kae Tempest, Sonya Kelly, Zora Howard, Joanna Murray-Smith, & Sarah Hanly



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