The Booth award — established in 1983 — is given "to honor an individual or organization that has had a significant impact on theatre and performance in New York." Named for the actor, the award winner is selected by members of the DTSA.
The New York Theatre Workshop have been producing shows in downtown Manhattan for over 20 years, cultivating works such as Jonathan Larson's Rent and Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde. Other production that have highlighted their seasons include Maria Irene Fornes' Mud, a number of Caryl Churchill works (Mad Forest, Traps, Owners, and this season's Far Away), Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul, Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking, Paul Scott Goodman's Bright Lights Big City and Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.
Past Booth Award winners include:
2002 - Tony Kushner
2001 - Anne Bogart and The S.I.T.I. Company
2000 - Performance Space 122
1999 - Dixon Place
1998 - Hal Prince
1997 - Richard Foreman
1996 - The Brooklyn Academy of Music
1995 - Anne Hamburger and En Garde Arts
1994 - JoAnne Akalaitis
1993 - The Wooster Group
1992 - Arthur Miller
1991 - Al Hirschfeld
1990 - Robert Whitehead
1989 - Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival
1988 - The Ridiculous Theatrical Company
1987 - Joseph Chaiken
1986 - Stanley Kauffmann
1985 - The Negro Ensemble Company
1984 - Ellen Stewart
1983 - The Royal Shakespeare Company
For more information on NYTW, visit them on the web at www.nytw.org.