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The Philadelphia Award for Social Insight (Formerly the Brown Martin Philadelphia Award)

(Formerly the Brown Martin Philadelphia Award)

The Social Equity Award seeks to honor the spirit of Philadelphia by acknowledging a production from any period or genre that demonstrates the ability of theatre to illuminate the way we live and interact with others as we seek to build community.  The award recognizes a production that leaves its audience with a deeper appreciation of the people we interact with, and a more focused understanding of the conditions and interactions inherent in our social world.  A production that provides a new, or enhanced, understanding about the lives, histories or specific situation of which we may not be familiar or cognizant.

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 22-23 season, only live Barrymore-eligible performances will be considered.

This application closes January 1, 2023 for productions taking place during the 2022-23 season. Please note that the committee will not consider or be able to attend and adjudicate any production after May 30, 2023. Recipients will be announced at the 2023 Barrymore Awards.

Click here to download the application.

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