• Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces director and theater director Shariffa Ali as the 2022 recipient of the $35,000 Hermitage Major Theater Award

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jun 1, 2022

Arts & Culture


Pictured: Shariffa Ali accepts the 2022 HMTA from Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. Photo credit: Hermitage Artist Retreat / Whitney Patton.

Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, today announced that accomplished theater artist and director Shariffa Ali has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Hermitage Major Theater Award (HMTA). This national jury-selected prize, newly established by the Hermitage last year with the generous support of the Kutya Major Foundation, offers one of the largest non-profit theater commissions in the country. Ali will receive a cash prize of $35,000, as well as a residency at the Hermitage (Sarasota County, Florida) and a development workshop in a major arts capital such as New York, Chicago or London in the fall of 2023. Ali’s theatrical past productions as a director include Eclipsed, Detroit ’67, Intimate Apparel, We Are Proud to Present and the original musical We Were Everywhere. She has worked as an arts administrator at Public Theater and The New Group, and has taught at New York University, Brooklyn College, Yale University and Princeton University. She is the second recipient of the HMTA, which was first awarded in 2021 to playwright and filmmaker Radha Blank.

Pictured: Shariffa Ali accepts the 2022 HMTA from Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. Photo credit: Hermitage Artist Retreat / Whitney Patton.