A university in Middletown said it will honor the creators of a hit Broadway show, both of whom are alumni of the school.
Wesleyan University said on Wednesday that it established the Hamilton Prize for Creativity in honor of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail.
The award-winning musical Hamilton was written by and stars Miranda. Kail directed the the show. It won 11 Tony Awards this past weekend.
“I’m truly honored and excited that Wesleyan has created this prize,” Miranda said. “Wesleyan nurtures creativity and encourages students to make connections across disciplines. I got my shot at Broadway thanks to the start I had as an artist in this environment, and I hope this prize will help other young writers to get their start.”
Miranda graduated from the school in 2002.
He posted about the honor on Twitter Wednesday.
I'M A GET A SCHOLARSHIP IN HAM'S NAME— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 15, 2016
I PROBLY SHOULDNT BRAG BUT DAG WES IS CHANGIN THE GAME
(OVERWHELMED by this) https://t.co/o1WtHG4asm
“Learning to tell a compelling story that will engage an audience is the hardest task for any writer, and I’m delighted that Wesleyan is recognizing and encouraging young people to persevere as writers," Kail said.
Kail was a member of the class of 1999.
The Hamilton Prize will be awarded to an incoming student who has submitted a creative written work of fiction, poetry, lyrics, play, script, nonfiction or other expression. The work will be judged on originality, artistry and dynamism.
Wesleyan said the scholarship will start with a member of the class of 2021.
The winner will be selected by a panel of distinguished faculty and alumni, including Miranda and Kail.
More information can be found here.
“The tension between the traditional and experimental,” said Michael Roth, Wesleyan's president, “continues to energize students here – from the graphic novelist getting work out to new audiences to the slam poet or songwriter wowing fellow students to the screenwriter eager to follow in the footsteps of Wesleyan alumni like Matthew Weiner or Joss Whedon, to name just two."
Wesleyan said full details on the scholarship will be released over the summer.
Miranda and Kail said Hamilton's source is a historical biography by Ron Chernow which Miranda transformed into a hip-hop opera.
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