ON-Lion Letter

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has announced that one of four 2014 Bradley Prizes will be awarded to Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal's drama critic and Commentary's critic-at-large.

The award will be presented to Teachout during the 11th annual Bradley Prizes ceremony that will be held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 18.  Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

Teachout is also a playwright, biographer, and opera librettist.  Satchmo at the Waldorf, his first play, is currently running at New York’s Westside Theatre.  His books include Duke:  A Life of Duke Ellington, Pops:  A Life of Louis Armstrong, and The Skeptic:  A Life of H. L. Mencken.  He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012 and has served on the National Council on the Arts.

“Terry Teachout has distinguished himself, not just as a first-rate journalist, but as a supporter of the arts,” said Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive officer of the Bradley Foundation.  “His work as a biographer and a playwright is critical to advancing and preserving America’s artistic and cultural tradition.”

The selection was based on nominations solicited from more than 200 prominent individuals across the country and chosen by the Bradley Prizes Selection Committee.

“Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals like Terry whose accomplishments strengthen American institutions, in hopes that others will strive for excellence in their respective fields,” Grebe said.

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