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ATHE 2020 Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement
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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.

View a list of past awardees here

The following is a list of criteria for assessing the candidates:

  • Innovation of approach
  • Artistic quality
  • Contributions to the field
  • Regional impact
  • Demonstration of community need
  • Depth of civic dialogue

The awards committee also places value on individuals or theatres who help facilitate communities to create theatre that reflects their constituents and/or 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 should submit a letter of nomination that addresses the above criteria in detail. In addition, nominators must also attach five to ten letters from supporters who also speak to the above criteria. The letters should come from a range of people, including critics, academics, board members, audiences, and participants. The letters of support are requested by and sent to the nominator. If a nominator receives more than ten letters of support, only the strongest ten should be submitted in their entirety, plus the nominator’s letter. ATHE membership is encouraged but not required of nominators and nominees. Nominees for the Award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement may be considered for more than one award cycle. 

The winner will be contacted in May and a public announcement will be made in early June. The awardee will receive up to $400 in travel expenses (reimbursement), conference registration, and one night in the conference hotel.

View the subcommittee here.

For questions, contact Subcommittee Chair Joan Lipkin or Vice President for Awards Dassia N. Posner.

The nomination period for the 2020 award is closed.


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