The NTC President, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, selects one or more individuals each year who have made an outstanding and noteworthy contribution to the theatre. The Person(s) of the Year attend the annual meeting to receive the award, speak about their life and work in the theatre, and announce the recipient of the Paul Green Foundation Award.
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The Paul Green Foundation Award recognizes and encourages excellence in new professional theatre talent and is presented to a young theatre artist selected by the National Theatre Conference’s Person of the Year.” It has been given since 1988. For a complete list of recipients click on the award title above.
This award is named for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green who served as the National Theatre Conference President in 1941 and ‘42 and served on the Executive Committee in 1944 and ‘45. Paul Green was on the drama faculty at the University of North Carolina, one of the 1925 original theatre department organizers of what was to become the National Theatre Conference.
Paul Green was a remarkable man: Dramatist Laureate of North Carolina, humanist, Hollywood screenwriter, essayist, professor of philosophy and drama at the University of North Carolina, novelist, poet, singer and writer of songs, human rights activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright for the Broadway production, In Abraham’s Bosom. He is considered the “father of symphonic outdoor drama” with his production in 1937 of The Lost Colony. He went on to write 16 more outdoor dramas. Paul Green founded the Institute of Outdoor Drama and today there are more than 50 historical outdoor dramas being produced all across the country.
In 1981, Paul Green died at age 87 leaving a legacy of literary works and good works that touch the lives of many thousands of people. In 1982 the Foundation was formed to carry on his work, and each year the Trustees award grants in the areas of the arts and human rights.
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Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award
Honoring distinguished American Playwright Barrie Stavis, this $1,000 Award is presented to recognize an outstanding emerging playwright.
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Outstanding Theatre Award
This $1,000 Award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement by a not-for-profit theatre.
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NTC Emerging Professional Award
This $1,000 Award is presented to a person demonstrating exemplary promise in a professional theatre organization. The winner of this award is selected by the artistic director of the winner of the National Theatre Conference Outstanding Theatre Award for that year.
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