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The International Centre for Women Playwrights
50/50 Applause Awards

2019 Announcement 

This year, 2019, ICWP has taken a decision not to bestow awards on theatres who achieve 50/50 gender equity in the playwrights that they produced in their seasons from July 2018 - June 2019.  We are taking time to re-assess the extensive resources required: finance, volunteer hours and resources, and the ability of ICWP to acquire and maintain these resources.

Since the 50/50 Applause Awards were first instituted in 2012 we have seen the development of other theatre-monitoring projects such as " The Count" resourced by the Lilly Awards and the Dramatists Guild of America.  " The Count" however uses different criteria from that used by ICWP and only covers theatres in the USA. 

As an international organisation, we need to include other countries with a theatre tradition where we have members working as playwrights and where the record of gender equity for female dramatists varies enormously.  

Those theatres, around the world, who continue to achieve 50/50 gender equity continue to command our respect and admiration and we applaud their efforts to put the works of women playwrights in front of audiences around the world in equal measure to male playwrights.

In this era where women's rights are being violated, standards of equality under attack and many of those rights that have been established by courageous campaigners are being eroded, it is vital that women's stories, imaginations and voices are included in the creative output of the global theatre community. 

We welcome inquiries from organisations and individuals who would like to partner with ICWP to continue the 50/50 Applause Awards in 2020. 

Awards Co-Chairs:

Patricia L. Morin
Margaret McSeveney

To contact us regarding the Awards, email

50/50 Applause Awards 2018

** Denotes Repeat Recipient

16th Street Theater** Acadiana Repertory Theatre Alberta Theatre Projects **
Berwyn, IL USA Lafayette, LA USA Calgary, Alberta Canada
Arkansas Repertory Theatre Aurora Theatre Company** Baxter Theatre Centre
Little Rock, AR USA Berkeley, CA USA Cape Town, South Africa
Belvoir St. Theatre Berkeley Repertory Theatre Burning Coal Theatre Company
Surry Hills, NSW Australia Berkeley, CA USA Raleigh, NC USA
Capital Stage Company Catholic University of America Centenary Stage Company**
Sacramento, CA USA Hartke Theatre Hackettstown, NJ USA
  Washington, DC USA  
Central Works ** Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui Checkpoint Theatre **
Berkeley, CA USA Montreal, Quebec Canada Singapore, Singapore
City Theatre Company ** Epic Theatre Company Factory Theatre**
Pittsburgh, PA USA Cranston, RI USA Toronto, Ontario Canada
Geffen Playhouse Globe Theatre ** Globus Theatre @ the LAB**
Los Angeles, CA USA Regina, Saskatchewan Canada Bobcaygeon, Ontario Canada
Great Canadian Theatre Company ** Griffin Theatre Company HERE Arts Center **
Ottawa, Ontario Canada Kings Cross NSW, Australia New York, NY USA
Horizon Theatre Company** Huntington Theatre Company Imago Theatre **
Atlanta, GA USA Boston, MA USA Portland, Oregon USA
Jungle Theater Key City Public Theatre ** Kitchen Theatre Company**
Minneapolis, MN USA Port Townsend, WA USA Ithaca, NY USA
Know Theatre of Cincinnati** La Jolla Playhouse Lab Theater Project
Cincinnati, OH USA La Jolla, CA USA Tampa, FL USA
Magic Theatre** Marin Theatre Company ** Marjorie Lyons Playhouse,
San Francisco, CA USA Mill Valley, CA USA Centenary Theatre Program of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA USA
MCC Theater Mildred's Umbrella New Jersey Repertory Company
New York, NY USA Theater Company ** Long Branch, NJ USA
  Houston, TX USA  
Northlight Theatre ** off the WALL Productions ** Open Stage of Harrisburg **
Skokie, IL USA Carnegie, PA USA Harrisburg, PA USA
Paul Robeson Theatre** People's Light Plan-B Theatre Company **
Buffalo, NY USA Malvern, PA USA Salt Lake City, UT USA
Playwrights Horizons ** Portland Stage Company Prairie Theatre Exchange **
New York, NY USA Portland, ME USA Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Rep Stage Howard Round House Theatre ** Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Community College ** Bethesda, MD USA Edinburgh, Scotland UK
Columbia, MD USA    
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre ** Shelterbelt Theatre** Shotgun Players**
Winnipeg, MB Canada Omaha, NE USA Berkeley, CA USA
Signature Theatre Company** South Coast Repertory ** Stages Theatre Company
New York, NY USA Costa Mesa, CA USA Hopkins, MN USA
Synchronicity Theatre** Teatro Paraguas ** The Other Room
Atlanta, GA USA Santa Fe, NM USA Cardiff, Wales UK
University of Tennessee at Wasa Teater
Chattanooga Theatre ** Vasa, Finland
Chattanooga, TN USA

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