Playwright Kirk Lynn of Austin's Rude Mechanicals is one of fifty U.S. artists selected as USA Fellows, receiving a $50,000 fellowship funded by Jeanne and Michael Klein of Austin, Texas, through the non-profit organization United States Artists. Among other grantees this year are playwright Annie Baker, musician Donald Byrd and playwright Octavio Solis.
Lynn's bio posted at the USA Fellows website reads:
Kirk Lynn is a playwright and Co-Producing Artistic Director of the Austin-based, experimental theater collective Rude Mechanicals (or Rude Mechs). Lynn co-founded the Rude Mechs in 1995 and, with them, he has written and adapted over a dozen plays, which have been performed around the world. His works have been honored with several awards, including the Total Theatre Award from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Get Your War On (2007) and an NEA New Play Development grant for I’ve Never Been So Happy (2009). He teaches at the University of Texas, Austin.