Drama Desk Special Award

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Drama Desk
Special Award
Awarded for Special Award
Location  United States
Presented by Drama Desk
Currently held by Soho Rep, Veanne Cox, Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, the Ensembles of The Open House, The Realistic Joneses and Will Eno (2014)
Official website DramaDesk.org

The Drama Desk Special Award is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements by an individual or an organization that has made a significant contribution to the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Recipient and Contribution
1976
Hartman Theatre Company
Outstanding Contribution by a New Theatre Company
Queens Theatre in the Park
Outstanding Contribution by a New Theatre Company
1977 N/A
1978
Off-Off Broadway Theatre Movement
Outstanding Contribution to Theatre

1980s[edit]

Year Recipient and Contribution
1980
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
Performances by International Companies
1981 N/A
1982
Jonathan Tunick
N/A
Ridiculous Theatrical Company
N/A
The Royal Shakespeare Company
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
1983
WPA Theatre
N/A
Douglas Watt
Distinguished Achievement
Richard Wilbur
His English Translation of The Misanthrope
1984
Alan Schneider
Serving a Wide Range of Playwrights
Michael Bennett, Joseph Papp and the Shubert Organization
The 3,389th Performance of A Chorus Line
B. H. Barry
Consistent Excellence in Fight Staging
Equity Library Theatre
Showcasing Theater Professionals
InterArt Theater
Nurturing Female Theater Artists
1985
Gerard Alessandrini
Forbidden Broadway
Ridiculous Theatrical Company
Quick Change Wizardry in The Mystery of Irma Vep
Claudette Colbert and Rex Harrison
The Continuing Pleasure of Their Company
Veterans Ensemble Theater Company
Giving Voice to Trauma of Vietnam
1986
Thomas Z. Shepard
Preserving Musical Theatre Heritage on Record
Agnes De Mille
Her Enduring Legacy of Cherished Choreography
Joyce Theater
The American Theater Exchange Program
The New Amsterdam Theater Company
Distinguished Concert Productions
Donald Pippin
Musical Direction and Commitment to Theater
Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
Their Continuing Theatrical Partnership
1987
Stanley Lebowsky
Musical Direction and Commitment to Theater
Paul Davis and Frank Verlizzo
Inspired Art Work for Theatrical Productions
Henry Cohen, Donald Rose and Robert Kimball
Rescuing Classic Broadway Scores
1988
Actors' Equity
75 years of Championing the Professional Actor
Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT)
The Preservation of Our Theatrical Heritage
Yale Repertory Theatre
Nurturing Plays of Significance
Michael Feinstein
Celebrating American Musical Theater Songs
1989
Paul Gemignani
N/A
Bernard Gersten
N/A
Manhattan Theatre Club
N/A
John A. McGlinn
N/A
Gregory Mosher
N/A
Jerome Robbins
N/A

1990s[edit]

Year Recipient and Contribution
1990
The Fund for New American Plays
Support of American Playwrights and Theaters
Jule Styne
A Lifetime of Glorious Theater Music
Kevin Haney
His Makeup for Tru and Other Shows
1991
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Bringing International Productions to New York
James McMullan
Consistently Inspired Art Work for Theater
New Dramatists
Decades of Nurturing American Playwrights
Harold Rome
His Distinctive Contribution to Musical Theatre
1992 N/A
1993
Early Stages
N/A
The Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival
Puppetry at the Public Theater
RCA Victor Records
N/A
1994
John A. Willis
Fifty Years of Devotion to Theater and its Artists
Janet Hayes Walker
Twenty-Five Years at the York Theatre Company
1995
Eileen Atkins
N/A
Otis Guernsey Jr.
N/A
The Non-Traditional Casting Project
N/A
Barrow Group
Off-Off Broadway Excellence
1996
George C. Scott
Lifetime Devotion to Theatre
Repertorio Español
Providing Spanish-Language Entertainment
Signature Theatre Company
The Concept of Annually Serving One Playwright
Theatreworks USA
Thirty-Five Years of Entertaining Children and Parents
1997
The Moscow Sovremennik Theatre Company
Into the Whirlwind and Three Sisters
1998
Vineyard Theatre
Quality Work and the New S.P.A.C.E. Program
Arthur Miller
Lifetime Achievement in the Theater
1999
Al Hirschfeld
Lifetime Achievement
Sony Classical
Its Columbia Broadway Masterworks Series
The Actors' Fund of America
N/A

2000s[edit]

Year Recipient and Contribution
2000
Alexander H. Cohen (posthumously), Barnard Hughes and Helen Stenborg
Lifetime Achievement
2001
Reba McEntire
Her Performance in Annie Get Your Gun
Seán Campion and Conleth Hill
Their Performances in Stones in His Pockets
2002
Paul Huntley
Lifetime Achievement
Billy Rosenfield
Preserving Musical Theatre Recordings
Mint Theater Company
Presenting and Preserving Little Known Classics
Worth Street Theater Company
Its Stage Door Canteen Shows at Ground Zero
2003
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Bringing International Works to New York
2004
The Flea Theater
N/A
Classical Theatre of Harlem
N/A
Dakin Matthews
Henry IV
2005
Keen Company
Plays That Build Upon Our Theatrical Heritage
The Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival
Fifty Years of Exceptional Theater Contributions
2006
BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop
Nurturing, Developing and Promoting New Talent for the Musical Theater
York Theatre Company
Its Vital Contributions to Theater by Developing and Presenting New Musicals
Sh-K-Boom Records / Ghostlight Records
Dedication to the Preservation of Musical Theater Through Cast Recordings
2007
John Kander and Fred Ebb
Forty-Two Years of Excellence in Advancing the Art of the Musical Theatre
Austin Pendleton
A Renaissance Man of the American Theatre
Transport Group
Its Breadth of Vision and its Presentation of Challenging Productions
Folksbiene (National Yiddish Theatre)
Preserving for Ninety-Two Consecutive Seasons the Cultural Legacy of Yiddish theatre in America
2008
Edward Albee
His Provocative Plays, Including This Season's Peter and Jerry, Which Enrich the American Theater
James Earl Jones
A Commanding Force on the Stage for Nearly Half a Century
Playwrights Horizons
Ongoing Support to Generations of Theater Artists and Undiminished Commitment to Producing New Work
59E59 Theaters
Whose Imaginative Curatorial Vision Has Created a Stimulating Environment to Nurture a Diverse Range of Artists
2009
Liza Minnelli
Her Enduring Career of Sustained Excellence, and Her Performance in Liza's at The Palace...!
Atlantic Theater Company and artistic director Neil Pepe
Exceptional Craftsmanship, Dedication to Excellence and Productions That Engage, Inspire and Enlighten
TADA! Youth Theater
Providing an Invaluable Contribution to the Future of the Theater.
Forbidden Broadway
Its Satire and Celebration of Broadway

2010s[edit]

Year Recipient and Contribution
2010
The Cast, Creative Team and Producers of Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle
The Breadth of Vision, Which Inspired the Exceptional Direction, Performances, Sets, Lighting, Costumes, Music and Sound That Made it the Theatrical Event of This Season
Jerry Herman
Enchanting and Dazzling Audiences with His Exuberant Music and Heartfelt Lyrics for More Than Half a Century
Godlight Theatre Company
Consistent Originality and Excellence in Dramatizing Modern Literature, and Especially for the Vibrant Theatricality of its Innovative Productions
Ma-Yi Theater Company
More Than Two Decades of Excellence and for Nurturing Asian-American Voices in Stylistically Varied and Engaging Theater
2011
Outstanding Ensembles of In Transit and The Normal Heart
Their Performances
A.R. Gurney
His Enduring, Keenly Observed Portraits of American Life Over a Prolific Four-Decade-Long Career
Reed Birney
Versatile and Finely Nuanced Performances Over the Past 35 Years, and for His Exceptional Work This Season in Tigers Be Still, A Small Fire and The Dream of the Burning Boy
The New Group and Artistic Director Scott Elliott
Presenting Contemporary New Voices and for Uncompromisingly Raw and Powerful Productions
The Pearl Theatre Company
Notable Productions of Classic Plays and Nurturing a Stalwart Resident Company of Actors
Creative Team of War Horse
Thrilling Stagecraft
2012
Mary Testa
Over Three Decades of Consistently Outstanding Work, Including Her Tour-de-Force Performance in This Season's Queen of the Mist
Nick Westrate
His Versatility in Unnatural Acts, Love's Labor's Lost, and Galileo was a Highlight of the Season
New Victory Theater
Providing Enchanting, Sophisticated Children's Theater That Appeals to the Child in All of Us, and for Nurturing a Love of Theater in Young People
Stephen Karam
The Profoundly Moving Sons of the Prophet Confirmed His Status as One of the Most Promising Playwrights of His Generation
The Cast of Sweet and Sad
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
2013
The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Isaac Robert Hurwitz
A Decade of Creating and Nurturing New Musical Theater, Ensuring the Future of This Essential Art Form
Wakka Wakka Productions
Sophisticated Puppet Theater, as Represented by This Season's SAGA, That Explores with Wit, Imagination, and Insight Serious Issues of Our Times
Jayne Houdyshell
Her Artistry as an Exceptionally Versatile and Distinctive Broadway and Off-Broadway Performer
Samuel D. Hunter
His Emphatic and Indelible The Whale Affirms His Arrival as a Distinguished Dramatist Who Depicts the Human Condition
Maruti Evans
His Ingenious Lighting Designs, Reflecting an Exquisite and Bold Theatrical Aesthetic. This Season's The Pilo Family Circus and Tiny Dynamite Confirm His Incandescent Creativity
2014
Soho Rep
Nearly Four Decades of Artistic Distinction, Innovative Production and Provocative Play Selection
Veanne Cox
Her Ability to Express the Eccentricities, Strengths and Vulnerabilities of a Range of Characters, and Notably for her Comedic Flair as Evidenced in This Season's The Old Friends and The Most Deserving
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
His Visionary Directorial Excellence. This Season's The Golden Dragon and The Mysteries Exemplify His Bold and Strikingly Original Imagination
The Ensembles of Off-Broadway's The Open House and Broadway's The Realistic Joneses and Will Eno
Two Extraordinary Casts and One Impressively Inventive Playwright

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