NTC Outstanding Theatre Award
Recognizing outstanding achievement by a not-for-profit theatre.
2022 Borderlands Theater
Borderlands Theater, from Tucson, Arizona is awarded as the Outstanding Theatre in America. Robert Schenkkan wrote in his nominating letter, “For thirty-one years (!), Borderlands has been making important theater, locally sourced, but of National import.”
Borderlands Theater strives to build equitable, joyful, and meaningful collaborations with the local community through innovative theatre and responsive cultural programs ingrained in the heritage, narratives, and lived experiences of peoples rooted across the Sonoran Desert.
Borderlands Theater is a professional theater company recognized nationally and internationally for the development and production of theater and educational programs that reflect the diverse voices of the U.S./ Mexico border region. Although focusing on the Latino/Chicano/Mexicano voice as the core voice to nurture and support, Borderlands works interactively with all voices of the region. The “border,” both as physical and social landscape, is a metaphor for Borderlands’ work. The metaphor allows, invites and even demands, both a regional and an international understanding of what it represents. Border people, in the best sense of the word, are citizens of the world.
See more at: www.borderlandstheater.org/
2021 Mixed Blood Theatre
Mixed Blood uses theater to disrupt injustice. They are a social justice organization catalyzing action and change through art. Their work is guided by deep community engagement and rooted in radical hospitality.
Instead of finding and sharing stories they deem topical, their guiding principle is ‘we want to be part of your story. Through theater, we connect people and organizations to advance dialogue on an issue, inspiring civic discourse and a sustained call to action.”
Located in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis since its inception, Mixed Blood aspires to be a point of assembly for residents and organizations of the most diverse zip code between Chicago and the west coast.
Radical hospitality is core to all Mixed Blood does. They model reciprocity, inclusion, and genuine welcoming to build relationships. Mixed Blood seeks to make theater beneficial by engaging with individuals and communities for whom theatre and the arts have not been available due to lack of resources, racism, physical accessibility, gender discrimination, or other barriers. They strive to ensure that the nature, content, and practices embedded in their work are founded in integrity and equity, and engage the breadth and depth of our many communities.
Jack Reuler, Executive Artistic Director, founded Mixed Blood in 1976 and has guided the company for the past 45 years, through strategic programming at its own alan page auditorium, within its cedar riverside neighborhood, and in off-site locations throughout the twin cities metro area and the state of Minnesota.
The playwrights and directors who’ve made a home here have always challenged the prevailing narrative, and now claim visibility in every corner of our culture: in theater communities and productions nationwide, in TV writers’ rooms, on film sets, on bookshelves, on Broadway.
Today, we serve the largest ongoing working network of women/tgnc theater artists in New York City with career-transforming productions; The Room, our workspace and the hub of our activities for 25 years; play and artist development programs rooted in collaboration and designed to encourage artists to get up from the table and out from behind music stands, fostering the 3D experimentation essential to highly theatrical plays; and the cultivation of an artistic community (now 260 artists strong) and the collaborations that arise within it.
2018 - National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
The Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF] is the longest continuously producing Yiddish theatre company in the world. The company presents plays, musicals, concerts, lectures, interactive educational workshops and community-building activities in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying performances.
NYTF serves a versatile audience of approximately 100,000 individuals annually, comprised of performing arts patrons, cultural enthusiasts, Yiddish- language aficionados and the general public, while also using the arts as a vehicle to educate youth and adults about Jewish heritage. The NYTF outreach program takes events around the region, nation and world, bringing programming annually to over 18,000 individuals. National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s mission is to celebrate the Yiddish experience through the performing arts by transmitting the rich cultural legacy in exciting new ways that bridge social and cultural divides.
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene fulfills this mission by:
2016 - BLOOMSBURG THEATRE ENSEMBLE
Laurie McCants (Co-Founder) co-founded BTE in 1978. Her original work includes The Alexandria Carry-On, which toured Egypt,Our Shadows, co-created with Cairo-based WAMDA, Hard Coal(with James Goode), and Susquehanna. Deborah Brevoort’sWomen of Lockerbie remains most cherished among her many directing experiences. Recently, she played the Gravedigger inHamlet and Winnie in Happy Days at BTE, and she directed Battles of Fire And Water at Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre. In 2010, she was named an actor of “Distinguished Achievement” through a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. She’s been a member of the National Theatre Conference since 2014. Her touring solo show Industrious Angels premiered at the Ko Festival in Amherst, MA. She is currently the director forGunpowder Joe by Anthony Clarvoe (NTC’s 1990 Stavis Playwright), which will premiere at BTE in 2017.
Jon White-Spunner (Managing Director) is in his 11th season as Managing Director at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. In South Africa he served as Managing Director of His Majesty’s Theatre in Johannesburg, ran a performing arts center at the University of Cape Town, and his own production company, which produced and toured shows in South Africa and Namibia. Between 1980 and 1992, Jon served as General Manager of the world famous Market Theatre. As the Market’s World Tour Manager for Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo, Jon toured to over 80 cities in 11 different countries. Since moving to the USA in 1992, in addition to his time with BTE, he served as Managing Director and Manager of Community Outreach at Stoneham Theatre in Boston. He co-founded 24th Street Theatre, now in its 20th season, in Los Angeles.
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