Agnes Scott Trustee and Alum Honored by Academy of the Arts

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Agnes Scott College trustee and alumna Marsha Norman, a celebrated playwright and screenwriter, was honored on March 8 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for literary arts from the Academy of the Arts.
Marsha Norman
Being recognized along with Norman were Bob Balaban for performing arts, Richard Prince for visual arts and Susan and Alan Patricof for Leadership and Philanthropic Endeavors. Comedienne Angela LaGreca served as master of ceremonies for the event held at Cipriani’s in New York City.

Past recipients of the academy’s literary arts Lifetime Achievement Award include Tom Wolfe (Wolfe’s mother, Helen Hughes Wolfe, graduated from Agnes Scott in 1917), Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, Betty Friedan, George Plimpton and E.L. Doctorow.

Norman’s distinguished career bridges from the stage to the big and small screen. She wrote her first play, Getting Out, in 1979 and followed up with her first Broadway play, ‘night Mother, in 1983. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for ‘night Mother and adapted the play into a feature film in 1986.

Norman branched out into musical theater when she wrote the book and lyrics for the musical adaptation of The Secret Garden in 1991, winning a Best Book Tony Award that year. She also wrote the book and lyrics for The Red Shoes and the libretto for The Color Purple musical in 2005.

Norman, a professor of drama at The Julliard School, writes occasionally for the HBO series “In Treatment.”

A member of the class of 1969, Norman received Agnes Scott’s first honorary degree in 2005. She was the college’s commencement speaker in 1988 and 2000 as well as a guest speaker at the college as part of its annual Writers’ Festival in 2001. Norman has served on Agnes Scott’s Board of Trustees since 2003.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.