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About the Barrymore Awards

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What are the Barrymore Awards?

Named in honor of the famed Philadelphia-based first family of theatre, the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre have served as Philadelphia's professional theatre awards program since 1994. The Barrymore Awards are a nationally recognized symbol of excellence for professional theatre in our region, raising the bar for the work produced by local theatres and individual artists while increasing public awareness of the richness and diversity of our city's thriving theatre community. The Barrymore Awards also include annual cash awards totalling over $75,000, which strengthen the ability of theatre companies and individual artists to pursue artistic work of the highest caliber. Each fall, theatregoers and artists come together to celebrate the theatre season and honor that year's Barrymore nominees and award recipients at the annual Barrymore Awards Ceremony.

What does "Barrymore Recommended" mean?

Barrymore Recommended indicates that at least one element of a production was deemed excellent by our Barrymore Nominators. Barrymore Recommended productions move on to the Barrymore Judges for further consideration and are eligible for Barrymore Award nominations at the end of the theatre season.

How do producing theatres submit productions for consideration?

Theatre companies may submit professional productions for Barrymore Award consideration in accordance with our eligibility rules.

How can I become a Barrymore Nominator or Judge?

Each spring, the Barrymore Oversight Committee identifies a pool of 12 Judges and approximately 70 Nominators to adjudicate the upcoming season of Barrymore-eligible productions. Learn more about the application and selection process here.

Barrymore Award Nominees and Recipients

2017-2018 Nominators and Judges