The prize was created in 1996 as an annual $5,000 fund to "support innovative, adventurous theatre artists from across the country," according to a release. The Sherwood Award will now be increased to $10,000 and "is exclusively for the nurturing of Los Angeles artists."
The honor will now be presented each year at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance. As no Sherwood Award was given in 2006, two will be presented this year with subsequent awards to be given out annually in November.
"The Sherwood Award offers us the opportunity to form a bridge between the largest theatre in the city and the city’s newest voices to the craft,” stated CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie.
Named in honor of the memory of Richard E. Sherwood, a lawyer, patron of the arts, president of Los Angeles County Museum of Art and CTG board member from 1980 until his death in 1993 (he served as the board president and chairman during this time), the award is supported by an endowed fund by the Sherwood family.
Performers, playwrights, directors, choreographers, designers or producers in their "early career," who have resided in L.A. for at least six months, produced at least one production in their chosen field in Los Angeles and "who are innovative, adventurous and inclined to push boundaries are urged to submit an application." "If we are to have a dynamic theatre expressing the world of the 21st century, we must recognize and nourish the explorative artist, particularly in the struggle of the early years of a career," states Dorothy Sherwood, wife of the late Sherwood.
The deadline for the Sherwood Award application submissions is April 20. More information can be found at the CTG website www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or by e-mailing Sherwood@CenterTheatreGroup.org.