Ellen Burstyn leads the applause as Horton Foote is honored at the 2004 festival.
The Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival is a semi-annual celebration of American play writing, held at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in honor of one of America's leading playwrights and screenwriters, Horton Foote.
Mr. Foote is an award-winning writer for stage, film, and television. His many awards include the National Medal of Arts, two Academy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy, a Burkey Award and the Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America, the Lucille Lortel Award, and his induction into both the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Each festival will focus on the work of a great American playwright with performances, an academic symposium on the writer, and an award in Mr. Foote's name. The first festival, held in the spring of 2004 on the Baylor Campus, honored Horton Foote's own remarkable contributions to American theatre.