The Foundation gives an Annual Award to two young professionals in the artistic fields of dance and theatre.
Named for the late theatre and dance critic Clive Barnes, the awards offer "recognition, encouragement, and financial support to two talented young professionals and, thus, [honor] the memory of the many years of critical work and the warm personal generosity of Clive Barnes."
The 2015 Clive Barnes Award nominees follow:
Catherine Hurlin of American Ballet Theatre
Joseph Gordon of New York City Ballet Jacqueline Green of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Gabe Stone Shayer of American Ballet Theatre.
Jack DiFalco for his performance in Mercury Fur
Austin McKenzie for his performance in Spring Awakening
Dave Thomas Brown for his performance in The Legend of Georgia McBride
One recipient from each category will be chosen. All finalists will receive a cash prize, with the winners in each category receiving an award of $5,000.
This year's Theatre Award will be presented by Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford. Blakeley White-McGuire, principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company, will present the Dance Award. The New York Post's Michael Riedel will oversee the Awards as Master of Ceremonies. In addition, 2014 Clive Barnes Award winners, New York City Ballet soloist Russell Janzen and Tony Award winner Alex Sharp, will speak at the event.
The finalists are nominated by the Selection Committee, which is composed of a panel of critics and performers in each field. The Selection Committee included William H. Ausman, Siobhan Burns, Diana Byer, Frank DiLella, George Dorris, Barbara Hoffman, Arthur Mitchell, Patrick Pacheco, James Sutton, Valerie Taylor-Barnes, and Craig Wright.