Melisa Annis and Corbin Went are the inaugural recipients of the commissioning prize.
The annual awards ceremony for Chicago Equity theatre was held on Nov. 6.
Corwin will be honored by the League of Professional Theatre Women for her work as the founder of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at the New York Public Library.
The prize comes with $100,000.
The SDC Foundation will present the ‘Lion King’ director with this award at a gala event on April 2, 2018.
7 individuals, including Santo Loquasto and Liz Covey, have been recognized by the USITT for their work in theatre technology and design.
The Women’s Voices Theater Festival and the National New Play Network encourages theatres around the world to present an unproduced play by a woman.
Cooper joins Le Petit Theatre after leaving his position at American Conservatory Theater.
An experienced managing director, Bielstein succeeds Timothy Shields as leader of the resident theatre league.
The season will feature a reinterpretation of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ a world premiere, and several contemporary music concerts.