In addition to the main prize, Schauspiel Stuttgart also awarded a European New Talent Drama Award, endowed with 25,000 euros. The first dramatist to receive this award is Jasmine Lee-Jones.
2020’s sole jury member, the acclaimed British playwright Simon Stephens, on his decision: “Her debut play, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner,startled me when I first read it two years ago. It was a brief ten-page play of rage and wit. She wrote with a sparkle and a sense of transgression that was rare and compelling. When it came to be staged at the Royal Court last year I was as impressed as I was startled. She had developed a play from a startling shard into something that was fully wrought and complex. She writes with formal invention. She creates characters that are consistently alive and surprising. Her language is supple and alert. I loved her anger. I loved her insight. When we get out of the strange, sad interruption of COVID it is writers like Jasmine that will help us carve a new way of making plays.”
British writer and actor Jasmine Lee-Jones was born in North London in 1998. She graduated from Guildhall’s BA Acting program in 2019. Her debut play, seven methods of killing kylie jenner,premiered at The Royal Court in July 2019, for which she won The Stage Debut Award for Best Writer and the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play. Jasmine received the Evening Standard Theatre and Critics’ Circle Theatre 2020 Awards for Most Promising Playwright, and has been nominated in 2020 Olivier Awards for the play.