2020 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

 Irish American Writers & Artists invites you to join us as we present Kate Mulgrew with our 2020 Eugene O’Neill Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in a virtual ceremony and party.

An actress who had the lead role in the television series Ryan’s Hope early in her career, Kate has captivated fans in film, theater, and television, most notably as the first female Star Trek captain, Admiral Kathryn Janeway, and as Galina “Red” Reznikov in the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black, for which she received an Emmy nomination, a Critics’ Choice Television Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble. Kate has also published two memoirs, Born With Teeth and How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir.

The Virtual O’Neill event will feature tributes from Kate’s colleagues, musical performances, a fund-raising auction and surprises. The Award, handcrafted and etched in optic glass by Tiffany and Company, is named for the playwright who embodied the highest level of artistic achievement.

“I am delighted, humbled and deeply honored to be awarded the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Award.  Having come late to writing, I find a certain inexplicable gratification in the process itself, not to mention the entirely unexpected recognition I have received for my memoirs.  It strikes me as a brave new world, a path not indicated for the faint of heart, but if well-chosen, a path surpassing any other.  Although I’m not entirely sure I deserve this award, I am nonetheless very grateful to the committee for having chosen me.  It was exactly the spur I needed as I begin a new novel, tentatively entitled “The Irish House.” Kate Mulgrew.


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