AUDELCO presents the Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Awards (also known as Viv awards) annually. The awards were created to promote "recognition, understanding and awareness of the arts in the African-American community".
- Productions by African-American companies
- Productions written and/or directed by African-Americans
- African-American actors in productions
AUDELCO has an office in Harlem, and the current president is Grace L. Jones The board of directors includes: A. Curtis Farrow, Ralph Carter, Toni Peterson, Jacqueline Feffries, Linda Armstrong, Donna M. Mills, Fred R. Powell, Mary Seymour, Dale Richardo Shields, Terrence Spivey, Ronald Stone, and the Mary B. Davis Chair Emeritus. The organization has thousands of members, a newsletter, and an African-American theater collection including books, photographs, slides, and scripts, as well as an extensive clippings file on African-American theatre.
The AUDELCO awards recognize productions by professional, not-for-profit theater organizations which have existed for at least two years and have had a minimum of 500 hours of rehearsal, performance, and/or training. Productions have to be performed over 12 times within the year (September 1 through August 31). Workshop productions and works-in-progress are not eligible for the awards.
Michael O'Hare was the first white actor to win this award, for his performance in the play Shades of Brown which examined the effects of apartheid in South Africa. Previous AUDELCO awardees include: Kerry Washington (AUDELCO's first rising star award), George Faison, Loretta Abbott, André De Shields, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, Denzel Washington, Barbara Montgomery, Sanaa Lathan, and others.
- BWW News Desk (May 27, 2015). "AUDELCO President Grace L. Jones Attends No Name Show in Washington Heights". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
- "Board of Directors | Audience Development Committee, Inc". www.audelco.org. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
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- AUDELCO site
- AUDELCO awards on Harlem KW Project
- New York Times coverage of 1981 awards
- New York Times coverage of 1989 awards
- Additional New York Times coverage of 1989 awards
- Black American Literature Forum Article on "The First Ten Years of AUDELCO".
- Harlem Live
- Theater Mania [permanent dead link]
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