Leah Ryan

Leah Ryan's FEWW
A Prize for Emerging Women Playwrights

The application period for the 2015 Leah Ryan’s FEWW Prize begins November 3rd. The deadline is Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 5pm EST. Please see our application page for more details.

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Another great review of High Fives from Kate Bell.

Thank you so much to those who attended last Monday's benefit at Joe's Pub, celebrating the 5th year of Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers (FEWW), the announcement of The Vladimir Award, and the 50th anniversary of Leah's birth. The performances of her work by Lisa Kron, Christopher Durang, Julie White, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jennifer Westfeldt, Danny Mastrogiorgio, and Kate Rigg, along with direction from Leigh Silverman, made the evening an enormous artistic success. It was such a treat to hear her words onstage once again.

Click here for a full recap and photos from the benefit!

The FEWW's Board of Directors thanks you for attending our benefit and for celebrating Leah. Thank you to those who purchased tickets so that others could attend. Thank you for jump starting The Vladimir in private donations and during our live auction. And thank you for your continued support of the annual prize for emerging women playwrights.

There is still time to donate to the Leah Ryan Foundation and build the Vladimir Award.

We high five you in advance for your continued commitment to the FEWW and emerging women writers everywhere.


Arlene Avakian, Martha Ayres, Edward Cheethum, Cusi Cram, Dan Gunderman, Peter K. Hirsch, Jennifer Krasinski, Tessa LaNeve, Lorna Peterson, and LB Thompson

The Leah Ryan Board of Directors

ADAA Award

We are proud to announce that this past November, Leah was the recipient of the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance "Armenian Star Award".

The Armenian Star Award is given annually by ADAA to an individual who exemplifies two or more of the following:

  • Dedication to practicing and/or furthering the arts at a high level;
  • Professional or artistic achievement in their own field/career;
  • Commitment to and advocacy on behalf of Armenian arts and artists on an international stage; and
  • Dedication to public/civic service, particularly to Armenian culture, art and causes.

The award was presented by playwright and ADAA board member Lisa Kirazian at the ADAA’s annual awards gala at the Writer’s Guild of America in Beverly Hills, CA.

We are so very thrilled Leah was recognized by this important arts organization.

• Download ADAA program

ADAA's mission is "... To Project The Armenian Voice On The World Stage Through The Dramatic Arts Of Theatre And Film."

Photo of Leah by Elizabeth O'Connor.