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The Philadelphia Award for Social Insight

(Formerly the Brown Martin Philadelphia Award)

The Philadelphia Award for Social Insight 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.

For the 21-22 season a producing company may submit one production-live, or virtual, for consideration.  Only live, Barrymore eligible performances will be considered for the traditional Social Insight Award of $25000.  Virtual productions will be considered for the $2500 runner-up awards.  Applications must be received a minimum of 3 weeks prior to first production date.

Submissions close June 30, 2022 and will be announced at the 2022 Barrymore Awards.

Click here to download the Application for the Philadelphia Award for Social Insight

Award Recipients

2019 The Color Purple
Theatre Horizon
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