Regional Theatre Tony Award

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The Regional Theatre Tony Award is a special non-competitive Tony Award given annually to a regional theatre company in the United States.


Initially presented in 1948 to Robert Porterfield of the Virginia Barter Theatre for their Contribution To Development Of Regional Theatre,[1] the Regional Theatre awards were next presented starting in 1976.[2] The award is "based on a recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association", and includes a grant of $25,000.[3] As the American Theatre Critics Association has noted, no theater has won the award more than once, "testifying to the growing strength of professional theater nationwide."[2] One of the objects of the award is promoting what often amounts to the incubators of new productions.

In June 2013, the Tony Awards Administration Committee stated that effective with the 2013-14 season, "New York-based theatre companies will be eligible to receive the Regional Theatre Award." The Broadway League and American Theatre Wing, in a joint statement, explained: "New York has some of the most prestigious and creative theatre groups in the country and we are thrilled to include the New York theatre community in this category."[4]

Award winners[edit]

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Year Theatre City State Note
1976 Arena Stage Washington D.C. "This award takes note of the company's balanced program of distinguished revivals and a broad spectrum of new works and American premieres of important foreign plays"[5]
1977 Mark Taper Forum Los Angeles California
1978 Long Wharf Theatre New Haven Connecticut
1979 American Conservatory Theater San Francisco California
1980 Actors Theatre of Louisville Louisville Kentucky
1981 Trinity Repertory Company Providence Rhode Island
1982 Guthrie Theater Minneapolis Minnesota
1983 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland Oregon
1984 Old Globe Theatre San Diego California
1985 Steppenwolf Theatre Company Chicago Illinois
1986 American Repertory Theater Cambridge Massachusetts
1987 San Francisco Mime Troupe San Francisco California
1988 South Coast Repertory Costa Mesa California
1989 Hartford Stage Hartford Connecticut
1990 Seattle Repertory Theatre Seattle Washington
1991 Yale Repertory Theatre New Haven Connecticut
1992 Goodman Theatre Chicago Illinois
1993 La Jolla Playhouse San Diego California
1994 McCarter Theatre Princeton New Jersey
1995 Goodspeed Opera House East Haddam Connecticut
1996 Alley Theatre Houston Texas
1997 Berkeley Repertory Theatre Berkeley California
1998 Denver Center Theatre Company Denver Colorado
1999 Crossroads Theatre New Brunswick New Jersey
2000 Utah Shakespearean Festival Cedar City Utah
2001 Victory Gardens Theater Chicago Illinois
2002 Williamstown Theatre Festival Williamstown Massachusetts
2003 Children's Theatre Company Minneapolis Minnesota
2004 Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Cincinnati Ohio
2005 Theatre de la Jeune Lune Minneapolis Minnesota
2006 Intiman Playhouse Seattle Washington
2007 Alliance Theatre Atlanta Georgia
2008 Chicago Shakespeare Theater Chicago Illinois
2009 Signature Theatre Arlington Virginia
2010 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center Waterford Connecticut
2011 Lookingglass Theatre Company Chicago Illinois
2012 Shakespeare Theatre Company Washington D.C.
2013 Huntington Theatre Company Boston Massachusetts[6]
2014 Signature Theatre Company New York City New York[7] This is the first Manhattan-based theatre company to receive the award.
2015 Cleveland Play House Cleveland Ohio

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tony Awards, 1948", accessed April 9, 2011
  2. ^ a b "Tony Award history", accessed April 10, 2011
  3. ^ FAQ-How is the award for regional theatre determined?", accessed April 10, 2011
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew. New York Theatres Are Now Eligible to Receive Regional Theatre Tony Award" Playbill, June 13, 2013
  5. ^ "Tony Awards, 1976", accessed April 9, 2011
  6. ^ "Huntington Theatre Company wins Tony for regional theater", accessed April 29, 2013
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew. "New York's Signature Theatre Will Receive 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award", April 28, 2014

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