Monday, June 14, 2021

2021 Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Award

The big news I was planing to announce today was that Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street is being published by Pioneer Drama Service (PDS). And that is still big news! PDS is a purveyor of plays for child, youth and family audiences, and a publisher which is widely familiar to schools, churches and recreation centers across the nation.

Having one of my plays tapped for publication by PDS is really wonderful. For over ten years I have been writing educational outreach plays and plays for child and family audiences. The opportunity to share my writing with local audiences has been a delight, and to provide positive messages of collaboration and empathy. Now that this script is part of the PDS catalogue, it will reach a much wider audience. 

What I entirely did not expect was learning that Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street has received the 2021 Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Award! For decades PDS has awarded one play submission this honor per year. It is only awarded to a playwright they do not yet represent.

Full disclosure: When I had submitted the work for publication, I was ignorant of this contest! I knew they were about to announce new releases, including Bully of Baker Street, but this was a complete surprise. On Friday, FedEx delivered the announcement, a check, and a handsome, shiny plaque.

This recognition and support from Pioneer Drama Service is a tremendous validation of my work as a playwright, particularly a writer of plays for young audiences, and it is deeply appreciated.


  1. Woohoo! Congratulations, David Hansen, Award Winning American Playwright!

    1. Thank you, Tim, American Actor and Bass Player!