2015 Grad Wins Prestigious Humanitas Prize

The Humanitas Prize is so important to the world of television, Barbara Walters has been quoted as saying, “What the Nobel Prize is to literature and the Pulitzer Prize is to journalism, the Humanitas Prize has become for American television.”  While most of the awards are given to high profile professional writers, two awards each year are earmarked for students, one for a comedy script and one for a drama.
 
This year, the winner of the Drama Fellowship was Adrienne Rush (MFA 2015), who won for her pilot “Homecoming,” a psychological thriller about a woman’s return to the cult she escaped when she was eighteen. The award includes a $10,000 prize and the opportunity for a freelance script assignment on a Fox TV show. Rush is an ideal recipient of this award, because her goal in film school was to write for television.
 
"I am thrilled and tremendously honored to be recognized by such an organization as Humanitas,” says Rush.  "I am beyond grateful to the FSU Screenwriting faculty for helping me get where I am, and most especially to Julianna Baggott for reading many drafts of my work, providing invaluable feedback, and nominating my script for the Drama Fellowship. Many thanks to my FSU Film family for the love and support.”
 
Writing faculty member Julianna Baggott is thrilled for Rush, “Adrienne is a brilliant young writer who already has a masterful approach to her material. It has been a privilege to work with her.”
 
Rush won the award at the 41st Humanitas Prize Awards Ceremony at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles on February 11.