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The Rosetta LeNoire Award

Nominations Now Open for the 2018 Award

The Rosetta LeNoire Award, named for the noted actor and theatrical producer Rosetta LeNoire, is given in recognition of outstanding artistic contributions made by either an individual or institution to the universality of the human experience in the American theatre.

Award Eligibility & Criteria:

  • The recipient must have an exemplary record in diverse and inclusive casting, hiring, or promoting opportunities for Equity members representing historically marginalized communities including but not limited to women, people of color, people with disabilities and seniors.
  • The recipient must have a working relationship and history with Actors' Equity Association.
  • The recipient must be an individual, theatre, or producing organization.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Nominations must be submitted in writing either digitally through the form below or by mail to Rosetta LeNoire Nominations c/o Viviana Vargas, Actors' Equity Association, 165 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036.
  • Nominations must be accompanied by supporting documentation attesting to how the nominee fulfills the mission of the award.


This form and all accompanying materials must be submitted by Friday, February 23, 2018.

Further Questions:

Contact Viviana Vargas, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, at


Nomination Form:


Award pages:

Arizona Theatre Service
Diversity on Broadway

Established in 1988, the award was named in honor of the actress Rosetta LeNoire, who was also the first recipient, not only because of her body of work in the theatre – and her work with the then titled Actors' Equity Association's Ethnic Minorities Committee – but also for founding the AMAS Repertory Theatre Company

Recipients of the Rosetta LeNoire Award are:

Year Recipient
1989 Rosetta LeNoire
1990 Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis
1991 Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
1992 Joseph Papp & the New York Shakespeare Festival
1993 Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick
1994 Wynn Handman and The American Place Theatre
1995 Philip Rose
1996 Ellen Stewart, artistic director, La MaMa E.T.C.
1997 Walter J. Turnbull, Boys Choir of Harlem
1998 Sacramento Light Opera Association
1999 Dennis Zacek and Marcelle McVay, Victory Gardens Theatre
2000 Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston MA
2001 Sharon Jensen, The Non-Traditional Casting Project / Doug Mann, The Chicago Theatre Company
2002 Eric Krebs
2003 North Shore Music Theatre/Deaf West Theatre
2004 Kitty Lunn and Infinity Dance Theatre
2005 Woodie King, Jr.
2006 Mia Katigbak And National Asian-American Theatre Company
2007 Willie Boston
2008 Detroit Repertory Theatre
2009 Bethune Theatredanse
2010 Jackie Taylor
2011 Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
2012 Philadelphia's InterAct Theatre Company
2013 Christine Toy Johnson
2014 The San Francisco Mime Troupe
2015 Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
2016 E. Faye Butler
2017 Joseph Haj and the Guthrie Theater
Ten Thousand Things Theater

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