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The Brown Martin Philadelphia Award

The Brown Martin Philadelphia Award is awarded annually to a production that best leads audiences to a better understanding of the unique experience of particular segments of our global community. Through their accurate and insightful representation of perspectives unique to gender, ethnicity, religion, age, and other categories of specialized experience, these productions enlighten us and help us to better appreciate different points of view without demanding that we agree with them. Generously funded by the Virginia Brown Martin Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, this special Barrymore Award includes a $25,000 cash prize for the recipient and $2,500 for each finalist.

In order to ensure proper viewing, theatre’s are invited to choose up to two (2) productions from the 2018-19 season and submit a letter and application requesting consideration no later than Friday, December 21, 2018. While recognizing the deadline above, theatre’s are encouraged to submit an application at their earliest convenience regardless of opening.

Click here to download the Application for the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award.

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Join us for a Program Overview and Q&A hosted by Theatre Philadelphia. Click (here) to RSVP.

Barrymore Awards - Special Awards Orientation

Monday, April 1st (4pm to 5:30 pm)

Studio 5 within Cherry Street Pier

121 N. Columbus Blvd.

There will be a brief overview of all of the Awards, their various purposes and cash prize amounts, as well as presentations from the Woflson Award and Victory Award selection committees.

Award Recipients

2018 Fun Home, Arden Theatre Company & Human Rites, InterAct Theatre Company
2017 Peaceable Kingdom
Orbiter 3
2016 Time Is On Our Side
Simpatico Theatre
2015 The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane
InterAct Theatre Company
2014 I Am My Own Wife
Theatre Horizon
2013 Next to Normal
Arden Theatre Company
2012 Slip/Shot
Flashpoint Theatre Company
2011 Love and Communication
Passage Theatre Company
2010 Black Pearl Sings!
InterAct Theatre Company