The International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award
The recipients of the first annual award were announced in January of 2013. View Here
Nominations for the 2013 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards are now open.
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The 2013 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award
The International Centre for Women Playwrights recognizes those theaters that have successfully created seasons that produce female playwrights at least 50% of the time. This award will be given to theatres internationally who have met the qualifying criteria.
To be eligible for the 2013 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award a theatre must meet the following conditions:
At least 50% of the plays produced during the year must be the work of female playwrights. It must be the mission of the theatre to include the works of both male and female playwrights.
At least 50% of the total number of performances during the season must be the work of female playwrights. (Nominated theatres will be asked to provide this information.)
All productions between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 will be included.
Who is NOT eligible?
Development programs, including workshops, labs, colonies and retreats
Theaters that only produce women’s work
Theaters that do not receive grants, public funding or outside donations
What is the process?
Members of the International Centre for Women Playwrights will be invited to nominate theaters during a three week period May 1-May 21, 2013. Use this Nomination Form
If you are not already a member, you may self-nominate or nominate a theater after becoming a member at http://www.womenplaywrights.org/join-icwp
After the nomination period ends, the Award Committee will contact all theaters for further qualifying information. Information will be due August 1, 2013. If a theater does not submit the additional information, they will be disqualified from consideration.
Winners will be announced in September, 2013.
Q: I want to nominate a theater but I’m not sure if their season was 50/50. How do I find out?
A: Look on their website, consult programs you might have saved or contact the theatre directly. Keep in mind we are nominating for the 2012-2013 season.
Q: How do I get information about the award in another language?
A: You can contact Elana Gartner, Chair of the Awards Committee, at email@example.com.
Q: I don’t know if the theater that I want to nominate receives grants outside of their own funding. How do I find out?
A: Few theatres are self-funded. Most theatres receive some type of external support. If they solicit contributions or have federal, corporate and or community sponsors, they are not entirely self-funded and may be nominated. Theaters often advertise their sponsors or donors on their own “how you can help” page.
Q: I am the artistic director of a theater. Can I self-nominate?
A: As long as your theater meets the requirements and you are a member of ICWP, yes. You can become a member of ICWP at http://www.womenplaywrights.org/join-icwp.
Q: What does a theater get if they are awarded the ICWP Applause award?
A: The ability to show your patrons and funding sources that your theatre has been honored by an international group of women playwrights. Your theatre will be highlighted on the ICWP website with the other recipients. Additionally, you will receive an award logo to be used on your website or other marketing materials as you deem appropriate.
Q: One or more of the plays produced in the season has multiple writers. How is this play counted for the percentage?
A: If the first author is a woman, it will count as a female playwright. If the woman is listed second the play will be given half a credit.
Q: Do lyricists count in musicals?
A: No. Just book writers.
Q: A theater did a short festival that focused on women’s plays. How does this work when calculating the percentage?
A: Any short festivals considered to be part of the theater’s regular season will be considered as one play. If 50% of the scripts produced in the short festival were by women, it can count as one play by a female playwright.
Q: Is there a geographical limitation to nominees?
A: No. We are an international organization and we will consider all theater companies throughout the world that meet the qualifying criteria.
Q: Why are women’s theaters not eligible?
A: With this award, we hope to raise awareness with theaters and their patrons about producing women playwrights equally with their male counterparts. Therefore, theaters whose mission it is to produce only women’s work are not eligible as they do not produce men’s work.
If you have further questions, please contact Elana Gartner/Deborah Magid at firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 Award Recipients
Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH
Little Colonel Players, Pee Wee Vally, KY
Nora Theater, Cambridge, MA
Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY
Symmetry Theatre, Berkeley, CA
To receive information about the Awards generally, please send an email to:
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