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The 2016 Nominations for the 50/50 Applause Awards are now closed. 

Please check the criteria below before completing a nomination form.

The 2016 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award

The International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Awards increases awareness and applauds theatres that produced a season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights. This award will be given to theatres internationally who have met the qualifying criteria.

To be eligible for the 2016 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.  
  • 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, 2015 and June 30, 2016  will be included.  

What is eligible within a season?

  • Musicals with a book by a woman
  • Full-length shows (70 mins or more)
  • Puppet theater
  • Multi-media theater

Who is NOT eligible?

  • Festivals
  • Development programs, including workshops, labs, colonies and retreats
  • Theaters that only produce women’s work or have the promotion of women artists only, as part of their mission

What is NOT eligible within a season?

  • Devised work
  • One act festivals or shorts festivals
  • Special Events
  • Readings and staged readings

What is the process?

  • Nominations will be open May 2-May 20, 2016 through an online nomination form.
  • ANYONE can nominate a theater. [ a link to the nomination form will be provided on May 2]
  • The Awards Committee will contact all theaters for further qualifying information. Information will be due July, 2016.  If a theater does not submit the additional information, they will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Recipients will be announced in September 2016.


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 2015-2016 season.  

Q: How do I get information about the award in another language?

A: You can contact Kris Bauske, Elana Gartner or Deborah Magid, Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee, at

Q: I am the artistic director of a theater. Can I self-nominate?

A: As long as your theater meets the requirements, yes.

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 and you will have an opportunity to participate in our 50/50 Applause Awards Celebration video. 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 majority of writers is female, it counts as a work written by a female playwright.

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: We appreciate that theaters are producing festivals of women’s plays. However, festivals are not eligible for consideration for this award, even if the festival is a regular part of the theater’s season.

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 Kris Bauske, Elana Gartner or Deborah Magid at

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