Funded by support from the Kutya Major Foundation, the Hermitage Major Theater Award will grant Blank with a $35,000 cash prize to create a new work, as well as a residency at the Hermitage in Sarasota County, Florida, and a developmental workshop in New York. The prize is jury-selected, with this year's committee including Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright Doug Wright and Tony-nominated directors Leigh Silverman and Liesl Tommy.
“I am thrilled to receive this kind of support from the theatre-making community, and honored to be the first recipient of this awesome award,” said Blank. “This recognition is very affirming. This commission answers the question: how can I continue to do my work and not jump into a system that is constantly asking me to conform and change who I am? Having a destination and an actual place and community to create is a gift. I don't take it lightly. I really appreciate this.”
Blank has written for the television series Empire and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It. She recently made her feature film debut with The Forty-Year-Old Version on Netflix. Her play Seed premiered in 2011 at National Black Theater and won a Helen Merrill Award.