The LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program
The League of Professional Theatre Women's (LPTW) Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program was established In 2011 in honor of Rosamond Gilder and Martha Coigney, two legendary practitioners and diplomats whose work on the international stage proved that theatre knows no boundaries. Presented every three years, this award acknowledges the exceptional work of a non-U.S. theatre woman, promotes expanded visibility and new opportunities for the Awardee and her sister nominees, and fosters connections and networking with LPTW members and local cultural institutions.
The year 2020 brings an expanded perspective to this fourth iteration of the G/C International Theatre Award Program, consistent with the critical issues and themes that increasingly challenge the world around us. In addition to recognizing a particular theatre artist, LPTW will present a week-long series of events designed to facilitate the Program's goals.
G/C events will take place virtually from February 16 to 22, 2021, all at 1:00pm EST. The Award itself will be presented via Howl Round on February 16 to the extraordinary Lebanese theatre artist, Hanane Hajj Ali. In addition to Ali, the Program honors twenty-six other artists from eighteen countries who are addressing local and global struggles through their theatre practice including political suppression; violence against women and children; racial, gender and identity discrimination; and access to education, among other pressing concerns. More detailed information on nominees and events can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y5jm4b74
Hanane Hajj Ali
Hanane Hajj Ali in Jogging
The week's events air on LPTW's YouTube Channel and include panel discussions, interviews and sharing of nominees' work designed to educate viewers and listeners about the power of theatre—in traditional and innovative forms—to motivate public dialogue about these issues and stimulate action for change. Students of theatre and professional theatre artists will learn about the artists' methodologies and techniques to inspire and strengthen their own work. All audiences will learn that, as women everywhere are rising up to demand change, theatre women are especially on the front lines in some of the most dangerous and under-resourced places on Earth.
For centuries, the stages of the world have been arenas for understanding, and often for challenging human behavior. Theatre has enlarged the perspectives of its audiences while encouraging empathy and compassion, and demonstrating the personal and political disintegration that results from brutality and authoritarianism. The LPTW Gilder-Coigney Award Program continues in Theatre’s centuries long path of enlightenment and change.