Marsha Norman is co-director of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. She was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and Hull-Warriner and Drama Desk Awards for her play ’Night, Mother. In 1992, she received Tony and Drama Desk awards for her libretto of The Secret Garden. She also wrote the books for The Color Purple, for which she received a Tony nomination, and The Bridges of Madison County. She won a Peabody Award for her writing on the HBO television series In Treatment and has received Emmy and Grammy nominations.
Her other work includes the plays Getting Out, Third and Oak: The Laundromat, The Pool Hall, The Holdup, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Loving Daniel Boone, The Master Butcher’s Singing Club, and Trudy Blue; the novel The Fortune Teller; and numerous television and film scripts including Face of a Stranger, Cooler Climate, and Samantha, An American Girl.
Norman has served on the steering committee and the council of the Dramatists Guild since 1984. In 2009 she founded the Lilly Awards with Julia Jordan and Theresa Rebeck to advance and celebrate the work of women in the theater. She received the William Inge Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Award and, in 2016, was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.