Internationally renowned playwright and Kentucky native Naomi Wallace is serving as final judge for KWWC's 2011 Prize for Women Playwrights. Her work has been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Her major plays include One Flea Spare, In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours and The Fever Chart: Three Short Visions of the Middle East.
Her work has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, and an Obie. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Her award-winning film Lawn Dogs is available on DVD. Her new film, The War Boys, co-written with Bruce Mcleod, was released in 2010.
Wallace is writing new plays for the Public Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare festival. One Flea Spare was recently incorporated into the repertoire of La Comédie Francais and will be produced in 2012. Her new play, And I and Silence will premiere in London in 2011.