The Paul Stephen Lim Asian-American Playwriting Award
Supported by the University of Kansas Endowment Association, this award is given to the outstanding full-length or one-act play on any subject written by a student of Asian heritage, in honor of Paul Stephen Lim's outstanding career as teacher, playwright and passionate advocate for new voices in the American Theatre.
* 1st Place Cash Award of $1,000 for a full-length play or $500 for a one-act play.
* Professional Development Fellowship. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival will provide the award recipient with an all-expenses paid professional development opportunity.
* Dramatists Guild Award. The Dramatists Guild Award provides the playwright with Active membership in the Guild.
All student who attend a college that participates in KCACTF by entering a production or productions for response at the Associate or Participating level may submit their plays for consideration for this award. Entries do not need to be produced by their schools for consideration in this award category. The play must comply with the guidelines for scripts entered in the KCACTF Michael Kanin Playwriting Program.
Born of Chinese parents in the Philippines, Paul Stephen Lim was already a successful advertising copywriter and newspaper journalist when he emigrated to the United States at the age of 24 to further his education and to pursue a career in writing. Conpersonas, his first play, won the KCACTF National Student Playwriting Award in 1976, initiating a life-long relationship with KCACTF. Lim started teaching playwriting at the University of Kansas in 1989. He founded English Alternative Theatre the same year to nurture and produce the plays of his students. He was awarded the Kennedy Center medallion in 1996 for his work with student playwrights, was the Region 5 National Playwriting Program Chair 2000-2003, and served on the National Selection Team in 2004. To date, 30 plays by his students at the University of Kansas have been seen at various regional and national festivals of KCACTF.