Patricia Ariza of Colombia wins the premiere International Theatre Award for women

When it comes to excellence in theatre, there are no borders

The League of Professional Theater Women established an International Award in 2011 honoring playwright and director Odile Gakire Katese from Rwanda as the inaugural recipient. Named after two legendary women in the theatre, Rosamond Gilder and Martha Coigney the Award is presented every three years and acknowledges the exceptional work of theatre women around the world.

We are pleased to announce that Patricia Ariza of Colombia, South America, will be presented with the 2014 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center/CUNY on October 27, 2014.

The Award includes a cash prize of $1,000 plus travel expenses to New York City for the recipient to be honored. A series of special events surround the award ceremony to showcase the winner’s work, and provide artistic and professional networking opportunities. Once nominees have been submitted for consideration by League members at large, the Committee selects the Awardee based on the following criteria: artistic excellence in the field of theatre; work that has a visible impact in the home country and abroad; the ability to inspire and educate across cultures; clear support of women’s work and issues.

Awardee Patricia Ariza is one of 21 women theatre artists who were nominated on the basis of work that inspires and educates across cultures, has a visible impact in their home country and abroad, and which demonstrates not only artistic excellence but a support of women’s work and issues.

The finalists include : Dalia Basiouny – Egypt, Jill Greenhalgh – Wales, Lana Nasser – Jordan, Jung-Soon Shim – South Korea, Hedda Krausz Sjogren – Sweden, Maya Zbib – Lebanon.

The nominees include : Tiffany Barton – Australia, Doruntina Basha- Kosovo, Dalia Basiouny* – Egypt, Zdenka Becker – Austria, Sabina Berman – Mexico, Ayca Damgaci – Turkey, Mary Ann DeVlieg – Belgium, Lara Foot – South Africa, Jill Greenhalgh* – Wales, Elena Gremina – Russia, Jude Kelly – England, Ioana Ieronim -Romania, Susie McKenna – England, Lana Nasser* – Jordan, Yelena Romanova – Russia, Adelheid Roosen – Netherlands, Malgorzata Semil – Poland, Jung-Soon Shim* – South Korea, Hedda Krausz Sjogren* – Sweden, Maya Zbib* – Lebanon. * Denotes Finalist

The 2014 Gilder/Coigney Award co-chairs are Melody Brooks and Gwynn MacDonald

Click Here For A List Of International Awards Week Events!

2014 Guilder/Coigney Nominee Bios

An Evening with Patricia Ariza

Patrica Ariza WIT Interview

Frequently Asked Questions

2014 Nomination Guidelines

Nomination Form

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