Talli Jackson, of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; Lloyd Mayor and Xiaochuan Xie, both of the Martha Graham Dance Company; and Calvin Royal III, of American Ballet Theater, are nominated for the dance award.
A panel of experts selects one winner from each field, and all finalists receive a cash prize. The winners in each category receive an award of $5,000 furnished by the Clive Barnes Foundation.
This year's Theater Award is presented by Susan Stroman, and this year's Dance Award is presented by Wendy Whelan.
Previous winners also include Chase Finlay (2010, New York City Ballet), MJ Rodriquez (2011, Rent), Isabella Boylston (2011, American Ballet Theater), Rob McClure (2012, Chaplin) and Lauren Lovette (2012, New York City Ballet.)
The Selection Committee for the Clive Barnes Awards includes Siobhan Burns, Diana Byer, Barbara Hoffman, Arthur Mitchell, Patrick Pacheco, James Sutton, Valerie Taylor-Barnes, Damian Woetzel and Craig Wright.
The Clive Barnes Foundation and awards are named for dance and theatre critic Clive Barnes, who died in 2008.