Colman Domingo Award

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, and actor-playwright-director-producer Colman Domingo announce that York Walker will be the inaugural recipient of the Colman Domingo Award. Seeded in 2019 from the longtime collaboration between The Vineyard and Domingo, the Colman Domingo Award will be bestowed annually to a multi-faceted Black male and male-identifying theatre […]

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, and actor-playwright-director-producer Colman Domingo announce that York Walker will be the inaugural recipient of the Colman Domingo Award. Seeded in 2019 from the longtime collaboration between The Vineyard and Domingo, the Colman Domingo Award will be bestowed annually to a multi-faceted Black male and male-identifying theatre artist to provide support and resources to create new work. Recipients are selected directly by The Vineyard and Mr. Domingo and receive a cash stipend, workshops and other developmental opportunities, access to writing and studio space, mentorship, and the ongoing support of The Vineyard.

York Walker is an award-winning writer based in Harlem, New York. He is currently a member of Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Mentorship Program. His work includes The SĂ©ance (Winner of the John Singleton Short Film Competition, 48 Hours… in Harlem), You’re Gonna Be Famous (Atlantic Theatre Company Conservatory), Covenant (Fire This Time Festival, Access Theatre’s 4 Flights Up Festival), White Shoes (Fire This Time Festival), Summer Of ’63 (The Actors Company Theatre’s New TACTics Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Apprentice Reading Series) and Of Dreams To Come (American Conservatory Theatre’s New Work Series). York received his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.


Colman Domingo said, “It has been my hope to support the next generation of multi-hyphenate theatre artists in some impactful way.  Not only by mentorship, but with a financial award. I knew that this was a perfect partnership with Vineyard Theatre which has been a New York home for me for over 10 years. They helped me flex my artistic muscles as an actor and playwright with my productions of A Boy and His Soul and Dot. They were the cheerleader who helped me see that I had something to offer The Scottsboro Boys, for which I am eternally grateful. I was so honored that they chose to honor my body of work at the 2019 gala. I wanted to give a gift back in return. To create an award for African American man who could use the hand, access and support that The Vineyard and I could provide. It seems fitting that we are ready to announce our inaugural recipient during this profound moment of change, when we truly need to hear African American voices. It is our pleasure to gift this award to YORK WALKER.”

Mr. Aibel and Ms. Stern said, “A few days before we were to honor our friend and artistic collaborator Colman Domingo at our gala last year, he called us with an idea. He wanted to give back, to invest in theatre artists who, like him, had battled obstacles of being a Black male in our country and in the American Theatre; artists who, like him, wore multiple creative hats and who were developing their gifts as generative artists and playwrights. Over the past year, we have worked together to envision and bring into being this new annual award, the Colman Domingo Award, which will provide artists at a pivotal point in their career with time, space, and resources to make the work they want to make. York Walker is a truly gifted theatre artist , whose work as a playwright electrifies us with its intelligence, poetry, vivid emotional life, and theatrical daring. We are grateful to deepen a relationship with him at The Vineyard and to be able to offer support as he seeks to focus on his writing. We look forward to the work that he and future recipients of the Colman Domingo Award will create — work we need on our stages and in our world.”

Colman Domingo hosts and is Executive Producer of Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s for AMC.  In 2020, he received his Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters from Ursinus College. He is a Juilliard School Creative Associate and has guest lectured at USC, UCSD as well as on faculty of the National Theater Institute. Mr. Domingo is a Tony®, Lawrence Olivier, Drama Desk, Drama League and NAACP Theatre Award nominee and an OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award-winning actor, playwright, director and producer. He has been recently celebrated as a Newport Beach Film Festival’s Artist of Distinction and honored by Vineyard Theatre for his thirty year body of work. Domingo recently filmed Without Remorse, with Michael B. Jordan for Paramount. Colman stars in A24’s Zola, The God Committee alongside Kelsey Grammar and Julia Stiles, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom  alongside Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, produced by Denzel Washington, and MGM’s Candyman written and produced by Jordan Peele. Colman  recurs on the critically acclaimed Euphoria on HBO. Going into its sixth season, Colman stars on AMC’s global hit Fear The Walking Dead as Victor Strand. Domingo is a recipient of The Best Drama Actor from The 2018 Independent Television Festival presented by the Television Academy®  in Nothingman directed by Eli Kooris and Joshua Shaffer. Colman is a recent recipient of the Sundance Feature Film Program Grant. Mr. Domingo has developed a one hour original drama series for television, titled West Philly, Baby, for AMC studios, based on his award winning play Dot. He also has in development a half hour comedy for HBO, entitled Peaches. He is the CEO and Executive Producer of Edith Productions which has a first look deal with AMC Networks.


Tony Kelly

TONY KELLY (Director) Off-Broadway debut. Regional: 41 productions as co-founder and director of Thick Description in San Francisco, including the original production of A BOY AND HIS SOUL, world premieres by Octavio Solis (SANTOS & SANTOS and EL OTRO), Will Power (THE SEVEN), Yussef el-Guindi (BACK OF THE THROAT), David Conte (AMERICA TROPICAL and FIREBIRD MOTEL with libretti by Oliver Mayer and David Yezzi), and Oliver Mayer (JOE LOUIS BLUES), and West Coast premieres by Suzan-Lori Parks (THE AMERICA PLAY and VENUS), David Greenspan (DEAD MOTHER and 2 SAMUEL 11, ETC.) and Karen Hartman (ALICE: TALES OF A CURIOUS GIRL). Also: Jose Rivera’s CLOUD TECTONICS at the B Street Theatre, Sacramento, Oliver Mayer’s BLADE TO THE HEAT, Octavio Solis’s GIBRALTAR, Ibsen’s GHOSTS and Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA at the San Jose Stage Company, and other productions in Pittsburgh, San Jose, San Francisco, and the California and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals.

Colman Domingo

(Playwright) is the author of WILD WITH HAPPY(Dramatists Play Service), A BOY AND HIS SOUL  (Oberon Books), UP JUMPED SPRINGTIME AND THE BROTHER(S). The artistic work of Mr. Domingo has been honored with Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations. His work has won the OBIE, Lucille Lortel, GLAAD, Connecticut Critics Circle, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle and Internet Theater Bloggers awards. Mr. Domingo has received fellowships and/or residencies from The Sundance Theater Lab, The People’s Light and Theater Company, and the Banff Playwrights Colony. Mr. Domingo is under commission from The American Conservatory Theater, People’s Light and Theater Company  and The Public Theater. His plays have been produced at Vineyard Theatre, The Public, Theatreworks, Baltimore Centerstage, The Tricycle Theater (London), Brisbane Powerhouse/World Theater Festival (Australia), Theater Rhinoceros, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab/American Living Room Festival/HERE, and Thick Description Theater Collective. Dot was developed in part during a residency with New York Theater Workshop. Dot received its world premiere at The Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville. Mr. Domingo currently stars on the AMC original series “Fear the Walking Dead.” He has starred in the films Selma, Lincoln, The Butler and Birth of a Nation among others.

Rachel Hauck

(Set Design) Vineyard: PICKED, A BOY AND HIS SOUL, WHERE DO WE LIVE, THE FOURTH SISTER. Recent NY: GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE (Playwright’s Horizons); THIS WIDE NIGHT (Naked Angels); ORANGE, HAT AND GRACE (SoHo Rep); CREATuRE (Page 73/New Georges); ETHEL:TRUCKSTOP (BAM Next Wave); BEEBO BRINKER  Ä(37 Arts), CATARACT (Womens Project). Recent Regional: AN ILIAD (McCarter). Resident scenic designer for the O’Neill Playwrights Festival since 2005.