Theatre World Awards

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New York

United States

About Us

Established in 1945, the Theatre World Award is the oldest award given for both Broadway and Off-Broadway performances.  After 70 years, it is one of the most treasured honors given to actors anywhere.  Each year, twelve exceptional actors are recognized for their significant, reviewable debut performances.  Consequently, a performer has one opportunity to receive this particular honor during their career.

The contribution this Award has made to the theatre is incalculable. Another distinguishing feature of the Theatre World Award is that it is given in recognition of individual performance, rather than being a competitive honor. Because it is given for a debut performance, it encourages and inspires newcomers to the stage to continue to pursue their dream. It is freely given at a time when encouragement is so necessary in an industry known more for rejection than reception.