NEW YORK CITY: The National Theatre Conference (NTC) has announced the recipients of its 2015 awards for outstanding achievement in the American theatre. The recipients will be presented with their awards and an honorarium of $1,000 at the Players Club in New York City in December, during the NTC annual gathering (Dec. 4—6).
Polly Carl, director of HowlRound, has been named Person of the Year. Illusion Theater in Minneapolis, under the direction of its co-producing directors Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris, will receive the Outstanding Theatre Award. Playwright Jessica Dickey, author of The Amish Project, is the recipient of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award.
In addition to the awards, Robins and Morris of Illusion Theater were given an opportunity to select an Outstanding Emerging Professional—they chose Diogo Lopes and Isabel Nelson, the artistic directors of the Minneapolis-based physical theatre ensemble Transatlantic Love Affair. Carl selected playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle to receive the annual Paul Green Foundation Award, given to an emerging talent in the theatre. Both of these awards will also include a $1,000 prize.