US based playwright Jennifer Haley has been awarded the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the most prestigious award for female playwrights for her play The Nether. She prevailed over 9 other finalists. Actress Imogene Stubbs handed out the $20,000 prize on behalf of the international jury.
Katori Hall whose play The Mountaintop was on Broadway this season, won the prize last year for Hurt Village.
Jennifer Haley Wins 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (Playbill.com)