Sheila Curran Bernard Receives NYFA Award

Sheila Curran Bernard
Sheila Curran Bernard

Goddard MFA alumna Sheila Curran Bernard is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Award for Playwriting/Screenwriting. Sheila’s award is a named collaborative fellowship—The Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award (established in 1984) in memory of Geraldine Ashur by her husband, Richard Brick, and her friends. Ms. Ashur, who died at age 37, graduated from Barnard College in 1968 and became a screenwriter, film editor, foreign language dubbing specialist, and documentary film director.  In the words of the NYFA communications manager, “Less than 4% of the applicants receive this award, so it is quite an honor.”  The NYFA Press Release says, “The program is highly competitive and this year’s recipients and finalists were selected by discipline-specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 2,669.”  Read more about Sheila and her work, or contact her, through her website:  Congratulations, Sheila!

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