Class of 1999
Major/Minor: English, Drama
Washington College Alumni Horizon Ribbon Award
While some call Stephen Spotswood ‘99 a humble man, his accomplishments are anything but. Spotswood is a Playwright who has received countless staged readings and productions of his work, and he was recently awarded the first-ever Washington College Alumni Horizon Ribbon Award.
In the ten short years since graduating from Washington College, Spotswood not only earned an MFA in Playwriting from Catholic University, but he has seen his plays performed in prominent festivals, receiving awards for his work. In 2007, Spotswood won The Kennedy Center National College Theatre Festival’s Paula Vogel Award for his play The Aaronsville Woman. He was also recognized in 2009 with the Mark Twain Award for his play Miranda is Morning.
When asked how he feels accepting the recognition, Spotswood responded, “Whatever has driven me to a career in the performing arts and to write for the stage has many of its roots in the theatre at Washington College. I owe much of whatever success I have or will achieve to the work I did there and the people I did it with.”
Sarah Jarrell Contos ‘00 nominated him for the honor “because I am so very proud to be witnessing the making of what will prove to be a treasured American artist.” The Alumni Horizon Ribbon was recently established by the Alumni Board to identify and recognize outstanding WC graduates of the last 15 years. Any alumnus/na may nominate a young alum for the award which is given in honor of outstanding leadership, service, or scholarship in a particular area. The winner, chosen by the Awards Committee of the Alumni Board, is recognized with this distinction at Fall Convocation.
While she is always eager to tout Spotswood’s many successes, Contos recognizes that he remains pretty modest about the recognition. “Most of the time when he wins an award, I find out months later because he’s so humble of spirit. I’m just a very proud friend and want to see him continue to succeed,” Contos said.