Art mirrors life

Sigrid Edson

For her work exploring life as a young adult in the LGBTQ+ community, playwright Sigrid Edson, A&S '23, earned this year's Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, a $1,500 award given to a graduating student demonstrating excellence in art outside their major.

Of her three plays—A Delivery, Raina's Spirit Leaves Her Body, and untitled annoying sad theater teens, or This Is Supposed to Feel Good—Edson says, "I hope to tell stories that reduce isolation and immiseration of queer people. With the recent surge of legislation aiming to ban the discussion and existence of queer and trans people in public life, art that tells our stories must be funded, fought for, and spread widely."

Writing about the intersection of sexuality, mental health, and trauma isn't easy, but that's what makes it so worthwhile, Edson says.

"I am still making art that makes me afraid, and that is a good thing," Edson says.