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Submit a Production to the Barrymore Awards


The Barrymore Awards are a nationally recognized symbol of excellence for professional theatre in our region, acknowledging 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 totaling over $75,000, which strengthen the ability of theatre companies and individual artists to pursue artistic work of the highest caliber. The Barrymore Awards support the mission of Theatre Philadelphia in it's efforts for inclusivity and support of the cultural economy of Philadelphia and the arts community within. We hope you might consider your organization, production or company among the thriving Philadelphia theatre arts landscape and submit your production to our adjudication process.


In addition to celebrating and honoring our theatre community's collective achievements, Theatre Philadelphia seeks to leverage the Barrymore Awards to provide high-value marketing exposure for all participating theatres and artists. We use this website, social media and other marketing and programmatic initiatives to inform the general public about the ambitious theatre being created here in Philadelphia, to drive audience attendance to Barrymore participating productions, and to promote the Barrymore Recommended brand as a recognizable indicator of excellence.


Theatre companies may submit professional productions for Barrymore Award consideration in accordance with our eligibility rules, which are fully described in the Barrymore Awards Rulebook. Please read and review the rules and regulations for the Barrymore adjudication process in the link. If your production meets the requirements, then submit your production at the link below.


As a reminder, for your production to be considered eligible, you must meet the artist payment requirements and have a minimum of 12 performances. For more information on eligibility requirements, please see the following link.

A reminder that the participation fee per production is $130.00, a slight increase from previous seasons, but with exciting marketing benefits. Each participating production will receive the following promotional opportunities:

Barrymore Award Participation Fees
Cost: $130 per production
Participation Includes:

  • Adjudication in our annual awards program for excellence, with potential for nomination and award at season's end
  • Organization Page on Website
  • Show Page on Website, with priority image listing on homepage
  • Homepage Hero Image
  • Inclusion in Weekly e-newsletter for opening, closing, and Barrymore recommendation (if applicable)
  • Inclusion on Social Media for opening and Barrymore recommendation (if applicable)
  • Inclusion in paid Digital Marketing efforts
  • Free attendance to Marketing roundtables and book clubs (4-8 events/year)
  • Discounted attendance to Marketing Speaker Series (4 events/year)
  • Industry emails from Theatre Philadelphia, with additional cross-promotion opportunities


Barrymore Recommended indicates that at least one element/category of a production was deemed excellent by a majority of the  eight Barrymore Nominators that are assigned to each submitted production. 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. The Barrymore Recommended designation also invites access to expanded promotional opportunities that are designed to provide an extra promotional push during the rest of your production's run, while also driving traffic to your website and promoting our Philadelphia theatre community. Current marketing initiatives include:

  • Sponsored Facebook announcement of your Barrymore Recommended production
  • Barrymore Recommended "wrapper" on your show's artwork throughout this website
  • Production photo gallery on your show page, plus the opportunity to be featured on our home page during your closing week
  • Inclusion in paid publicity campaigns on social media, including our "See a Show Tonight" campaign on Facebook
  • Inclusion in managed behavioral marketing campaigns targeting theatre-friendly audiences throughout the Greater Philadelphia region


To get started, please download a copy of the Barrymore Awards Rulebook and submit your production at this link. If you have questions about the eligibility of your production, please contact Programs Assistant at

We thank you for your interest and participation in the Barrymore Awards adjudication process.

Barrymore Oversight Committee – 2016/17 Season

Kevin Glaccum, Chair • Rebecca Smith, Secretary • Patreshettarlini Adams • Rachel Camp • Akeem Davis • Katherine Fritz • Kash Goins • Alex Keiper • Leonard Kelly • Diane Leslie • Adrienne Mackey • Amanda Morton • Daniel Perelstein • Lane Savadove