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In order to honor a high level of commitment and longevity, this award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement is reserved for an individual or theatre company that has worked in the field of community-based theatre and civic engagement for a minimum of ten years.

The following is a list of criteria for judging the candidates

  1. Innovation of approach
  2. Artistic quality
  3. Contributions to the field
  4. Regional impact
  5. Demonstration of community need
  6. Depth of civic dialogue

Emphasis may include focusing on individuals or theatres who help facilitate communities in creating theatre that reflects their constituents and/or on those who develop lasting relationships with those communities. Theatre companies that are nominated must have an operating budget of $150,000 or less. The award should not go to an artist already honored in a major way by the mainstream but to an individual or company that does important work but is less well known.

Nominators must provide letters from supporters who also address the above criteria. The letters should come from a range of people, including critics, academics, board members, audiences, and participants. The support letters must be sent to the nominator. If a nominator receives more than ten letters of support, only the strongest ten should be sent, in their entirety, along with the nominator's letter. The nominator’s letter plus all additional support letters and material must be sent to the subcommittee chair.

The selection sub-committee of ATHE, appointed by the chair of the Awards committee, has gender, sexual, racial, and ethnic diversity. View the subcommittee here. For questions or concerns, contact Vice President for Awards Jocelyn L. Buckner. The awardee will receive up to $400 in travel expenses (reimbursement) and conference registration, as well as one night in the conference hotel.

Deadline: February 15, 2017

View a list of past awardees here

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