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50/50 Applause Awards 2018

Nominations Guidelines

Nominations will be accepted from Feb 15 - March 15
Nominations Closed

CRITERIA CHANGES: There are changes to the criteria from previous years. Please read the criteria carefully before making a nomination.

The International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Awards increases awareness and applauds theatres who produced a season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights.

This award will be given to theatres internationally who have met the qualifying criteria. 

To be eligible for the 2018 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award a theatre must meet the following conditions: 

  1. Have at least three productions in their season. 
  2. Have plays by both female and male dramatists in their season. 
  3. At least 50% of the plays produced during the year must be the work of female playwrights. 
  4. At least 50% of the total number of performances during the season must be the work of female playwrights. (Nominated theatres will be asked to provide this information.) 
  5. Large Theatre companies operating more than one theatre venue can only have productions in the Main Stage theatre spaces.
  6. All performances in a single theatre space, produced between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 will be included. 

What is eligible within a season? 

  1. Musicals with a book by a woman 
  2. Full-length shows (70 mins or more) 
  3. Puppet theatre 
  4. Multi-media theatre
  5. Productions and Co-productions by in-house theatre companies

Who is NOT eligible? 

  1. Festivals 
  2. Development programs, including workshops, labs, colonies and retreats 
  3. Theatre companies that produce plays by women playwrights only. 
  4. Theatres with fewer than three productions in the qualifying period 
  5. Theatres with only women playwrights represented in the qualifying period
  6. Productions by visiting companies
  7. Venues that are receiving houses only.

What is NOT eligible within a season? 

  1. Devised work 
  2. One act festivals or shorts festivals 
  3. Special Events 
  4. Readings and staged readings

What is the process? 

  1. Nominations will be open February 15 – March 15, 2018 through an online nomination form. ANYONE can nominate a theatre. 
  2. The Awards Committee will contact all nominated theatres for further qualifying information. Information will be due April 12, 2018. If a theatre does not submit the additional information, they will be disqualified from consideration. 
  3. Recipients will be announced in May 2018. 


 Q: I want to nominate a theatre but I’m not sure if their season was 50/50. How do I find out? 

A: Look on their website, consult programs you might have saved or contact the theatre directly. Keep in mind we are nominating for the 2017-2018 season. 

 Q: How do I get information about the award in another language? 

A: You can contact Patricia Morin or Margaret McSeveney, Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee, at 

 Q: I am the artistic director of a theatre. Can I self-nominate? 

A: As long as your theatre meets the conditions, yes. 

 Q: What does a theatre get if they are awarded the ICWP Applause Award? 


  • The Award will be announced via a Press syndication service to major news and Media outlets.
  • The ability to show your patrons and funding sources that your theatre has been celebrated by an international group of women playwrights. 
  • Your theatre will be highlighted on the ICWP website and Social Media channels with the other recipients and you will have an opportunity to participate in our 50/50 Applause Awards Celebration video. 
  • You will receive an award logo and certificate to be displayed in your theatre and on your website or other marketing materials as you deem appropriate. 

Q: One or more of the plays produced in the season has multiple writers. How is this play counted for the percentage? 

A: If the majority of writers is female, it counts as a work written by a female playwright. 

 Q: Do lyricists count in musicals? 

A: No. Just book writers. 

Q: A theatre did a short festival that focused on women’s plays. How does this work when calculating the percentage? 

A: We appreciate that theatres are producing festivals of women’s plays. However, festivals are not eligible for consideration for this award. 

 Q: Is there a geographical limitation to nominees? 

A: No. We are an international organization and we will consider all theatre companies throughout the world that meet the qualifying criteria. 

Q. Are co-productions eligible?

A. Yes.

 Q: Why are women’s theatres not eligible?

A: With this award, we hope to raise awareness with theatres and their patrons, about producing work by women playwrights equally with their male counterparts. Therefore, theatres whose mission it is to produce only plays by female playwrights are not eligible as they do not produce work by male playwrights 

Q. Can I nominate a local theatre that only brings in touring productions?

A. No. The Award is for theatres that have a producing company and programme their own in-house productions. 


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