The ASSITEJ Honor for Artistic Excellence is granted every three years for notable artistic achievement in the field of theater for children and young people and is the organization's most prestigious award. It was created by ASSITEJ in 1994. The award includes a cash prize of 10,000 euros ($11,500).
Previous recipients include Rudolf Schock-Rossbach (1994), Peter Brook (1997), Heinz Claassen (2000), Eva Mattes (2003), and Thomas Ostermeier (2006). The award will not be given this year. In its place, ASSITEJ is presenting the first Bertolt Brecht Award, which will be awarded to someone who has contributed significantly to the development of theater for children and young people in Germany.
The award ceremony will take place on September 23rd at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The Tony Awards are considered the highest U.S. theater honor, the New York theatre industry's equivalent to the Academy Awards (Oscars) for film, the Emmy Awards for television, and the Grammy Awards for music. It also forms the fourth spoke in the EGOT, that is, someone who has won all four major annual American entertainment awards. First awarded in 1949, the awards are given by the League of Professional Theatre Women in cooperation with the Associated Producer's of Los Angeles County.
The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is the most prestigious prize in American theatre. It was created by the board of directors of the Pulitzer Foundation in memory of their father, Joseph E. Pulitzer. He had previously established a prize for journalism, which is now known as the Joe Louis Press Award. The foundation seeks out new talent and supports developing playwrights through its Young Playwright Initiative. It also promotes awareness of the performing arts. Applications are accepted from both domestic and international writers and artists and can be submitted at any time. The deadline for submission is 10 months after the end of the season or production. Recipients are announced each year on April 27, the anniversary of Mr. Pulitzer's death.
The Obie is awarded by the International Theatre Institute. It is given to performers who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of theatre. The award includes a cash prize of $10,000.
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, often known as the Jimmy Awards, are given out each year to honour outstanding musical theater performances by high school students in the United States. Each year, two major awards are given: Best Actress Performance and Best Actor Performance. A third award is given for Best Scenic Design.
The awards were created in 1998 by James M. Barbour, a former president of Actors' Equity Association who also served as president of The Broadway League. He wanted to find a way for young performers to be recognized for their work while they were still in high school. Before his death in 2001, Mr. Barbour donated his personal collection of books and manuscripts on the history of Broadway to Princeton University Library. These books are used to write new histories about different periods in Broadway's past.
The winners are selected by a committee composed of members of Actors' Equity Association, the union that represents professional actors in New York City. Not all categories have been awarded every year; when this happens, we can see what years the awards were not given by looking at the official website.
This is an amazing opportunity for young people to get recognition for their work while they are still in high school and college. And it's great that the awards keep Mr. Barbour's memory alive through his creation.
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