Y York is the author of more than 50 plays, half for young people and their adults, half for adults without their young people. Her popularly and critically acclaimed plays are noted for their relevance and humor. Her adaptation of Janet Taylor Lisle’s Newbery Honor Book Afternoon of the Elves has been produced in virtually every state in the country plus Canada and Australia. She is currently at work on two new musicals with composer Amanda Jacobs. York is a five-time recipient of the AATE Distinguished Play Award and has won the Charlotte Chorpenning Award for her body of work for children and their families. She is the recipient of the Smith Prize for . . . and LA Is Burning, Houston’s Buzzy Award for Best New Play for Woof, the Berrilla Kerr Award for The Secret Wife and the Hawai`i Award for Literature for Nothing Is the Same. Her plays have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, AT&T OnStage, United States Artists and many local arts organizations through the years. York is an alumna of New Dramatists and a member of The Dramatists Guild. She lives with Mark Lutwak, to whom most things are dedicated.

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Artist Support Program 1998