39th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards - Sunday, May 5, 2024
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:23 pm EST 02/22/24






New York, NY (Thursday, February 22, 2024) – The 39th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards – the only New York theatre award to exclusively honor Off-Broadway – will be handed out in the annual ceremony set to take place Sunday, May 5, 2024, at 7:00PM at NYU Skirball. Special Award recipients for 2024 have also been announced. The Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with additional support provided by TDF. The event will, as always, be open to the public, with tickets available for purchase beginning April 4 at tickets.nyu.edu or at the NYU Skirball box office Tuesday – Saturday 12pm–6pm. As always, the Lortel Awards is a benefit for the Entertainment Community Fund and fans are encouraged to make donations at LortelAwards.org .

2024 Special Award Recipients

•Lifetime Achievement Award Ruben Santiago-Hudson
•Playwrights' Sidewalk Dominique Morisseau
•Outstanding Body of Work Ars Nova

2024 Key Lortel Awards Dates

•April 1, 2023 – 2023 – 2024 Off-Broadway Season

March 31, 2024

•Thursday, April 4 Lortel Award Nominations Announced

•Wednesday, April 17 Nominees Breakfast

•Sunday, May 5 39th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards Ceremony

The Off-Broadway League's Lortel Awards Producing & Administration Committee (Jeremy Adams, Alana Canty-Samuel, Tisa Chang, Carol Fishman, George Forbes, Kenneth Naanep, Ralph Peña, Catherine Russell, Michael Sag, Jonathan Whitton, Casey York, and Jeffrey Shubart, Chair) and the Lucille Lortel Theatre (George Forbes, Jeffrey Shubart, Nancy Hurvitz, Alana Canty-Samuel, Maura Le Viness, and Karla Liriano) produce the Lortel Awards Ceremony. Acclaimed writer/director Michael Heitzman directs the Lortel Awards with Terry Berliner as Co-Director. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors' Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, in addition to theatre journalists, academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee.

For updates and news visit www.LortelAwards.org . Follow the Lortel Awards (#LortelAwards) on X (https://twitter.com/Lortel_Theatre ), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lorteltheatre ), and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LortelTheatre ). Subscribe to the Lortel Awards YouTube channel to watch clips from previous ceremonies.


Ruben Santiago-Hudson's multifaceted career spans stage, television, and film. His directing credits include Broadway: Jitney (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, NY Drama Critics Circle, Drama League), Skeleton Crew (Tony nomination, Obie Award), and his own Lackawanna Blues (Outer Critics, Drama Desk, Obie, Helen Hayes). Off-Broadway: Paradise Blue, The Piano Lesson (Lucille Lortel, Joseph A. Callaway, Audelco, Obie), Othello, The Happiest Song Plays Last, My Children My Africa, Seven Guitars, and The First Breeze of Summer. Regionally, Ruben has directed at A.C.T. San Francisco, The Old Globe San Diego, The Two River Theater Company, The Mark Taper Forum, The Delacorte Theater, The McCarter Theater, Seattle Rep, Encores City Center, and The Kennedy Center.

His screenplay for his autobiographical Lackawanna Blues garnered numerous awards including The Humanitas Prize, National Board of Reviews, NAACP Image Award, The Christopher Award, and nominations for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and WGA Award for best adapted screenplay. He most recently adapted August Wilson's award-winning Ma Rainey's Black Bottom for Netflix. Acting credits include Broadway's Jelly's Last Jam, Seven Guitars (Tony Award), Gem Of The Ocean, Lackawanna Blues, and Stick Fly. Other acting credits include Winter's Tale, How I learned What I learned, Measure for Measure, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, A Soldiers Play, Henry VIII, East Texas Hot Links and A Raisin in The Sun among many others. MFA from Wayne State University, a BA from Binghamton University, and Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Wayne State University and Buffalo State University.


Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (a 3-Play Cycle): Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company/Broadway), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit '67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and NBT). Additional plays include: Confederates (Signature Theatre), Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre/Signature Theatre), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre), and Follow Me to Nellie's (Premiere Stages). Her Broadway production of Skeleton Crew (Manhattan Theatre Club) was Tony® nominated for Best Play and she is also the Tony® nominated book writer on the Broadway musical Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). TV/Film projects: She has served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series "Shameless." She's currently developing projects with Netflix and Maceo-Lyn (Kamilah Forbes, Ta-Nehisi Coates), and wrote the film adaptation of the documentary STEP for Fox Searchlight. Additionally, she has done rewrites for the films Terms of Endearment (Lee Daniels / Paramount), What's Goin' On (Mad Chance / Warner Bros), and is currently consulting on the Netflix animated feature, Tunga. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, Obie Award (2), Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, one of Variety's Women of Impact for 2017-18, and the 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant. In 2022, Dominique was awarded the key to the city by the mayor of Detroit.


Ars Nova exists to discover, develop, and launch singular theater, music, and comedy artists in the early stages of their professional careers. By providing a protective environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova amplifies the voices of a new generation of diverse artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work that subverts the status quo. Ars Nova presents a feverish bounty of programming, spanning from one-night discovery performances to innovative, often genre-bending, world premiere Off-Broadway productions – and supports a dynamic slate of residencies and development programs to foster outside-the-box thinking. Dubbed by The New York Times as a "fertile incubator of offbeat theater," Ars Nova is the premier hub for visionary, adventurous emerging artists of all stripes. www.arsnovanyc.com


The Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were created in 1985 by the Off-Broadway League. The Lortel Awards recognize excellence in Off-Broadway by honoring the invaluable contribution of artists to the theatre community. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors' Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, in addition to theatre journalists, academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee. Awards may be given in the following categories: Play, Musical, Solo Show, Revival, Alternative Theatrical Experience, Director, Choreographer, Lead Performer in a Play and Musical, Featured Performer in a Play and Musical, Ensemble, Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound, and Projection Design. The following honorary awards may also be given: Lifetime Achievement Award, Body of Work (awarded to an institution), Edith Oliver Service to Off-Broadway Award, and induction onto the Playwrights' Sidewalk in front of the historic Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. For more information, please see www.LortelAwards.org.


The Off-Broadway League was founded in 1959 to foster theatrical productions produced in Off-Broadway theatres (productions in Manhattan in venues with 76-499 seats), to assist in the voluntary exchange of information among its members, and to serve as a collective voice of its membership in pursuit of these goals. In recent years the League has grown to represent an average of 150 individual members and theatres and 100 non-for-profit and commercial shows per season.


Lucille Lortel Theatre's mission is to foster both new and established artists, increase awareness and appreciation of Off-Broadway, and uphold fair and equitable business and artistic practices in service of creating a larger, more diverse community of theatre makers and audiences. The Company builds on the legacy of its founder, Lucille Lortel (1900–1999) who was a champion of work by Samuel Beckett, Caryl Churchill, Athol Fugard, Jean Genet, Adrienne Kennedy, Larry Kramer, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Sam Shepard, and Wendy Wasserstein. In addition to its Off-Broadway theatre, which has been in continuous operation since 1955, the Company is renovating a three-story carriage house in Chelsea that will act as the Company's new headquarters. Its programs include The Alcove at the Lortel, a commissioning and development program for early and mid-career playwrights; the 121 Project, a bespoke development program for new musicals; NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship, Fellowships in NYC Theatre at Bennington College, Dangerous Acts: A Series Uplifting Black Writers from Our Past (in partnership with HBCUs), Lucille Lortel Awards and Playwrights' Sidewalk, Internet Off-Broadway Database (IOBDB.com), and Non-Profit Theatre Strategic and Management Services. For more information, please visit www.lortel.org .


Founded in 1968, TDF (formerly known as Theatre Development Fund) is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. TDF's mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. We fulfill our mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities, and support the makers of the performing arts.

They are known for their theatergoing programs, including the TKTS by TDF Discount Booths (which celebrated 50 years in Times Square in 2023) and the TDF Membership Program; TDF Accessibility Programs (including open captioning, audio description, Autism Friendly Performances and the Veterans Theatregoing Program); School programs (serving more than 10,000 New York City students annually) and Community programs (serving 18,000 people in the tristate area); as well as the TDF Costume Collection Rental and Research Programs. TDF envisions a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible, and inspirational. To learn more about TDF, go to tdf.org ; Facebook/Instagram/Threads: @tdfnyc.


NYU Skirball, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of New York City's major presenters of international work, and has been the premier venue for cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan since 2003. The 800-seat theater, led by Director Jay Wegman, provides a home for internationally renowned artists, innovators, and thinkers and presents ground-breaking events ranging from re-inventions of the classics to cutting-edge premieres, in genres ranging from dance, theater and performance arts to comedy, music and film. NYU Skirball's unique position within New York University enables it to draw on the University's intellectual riches and resources to enhance its programming with dialogues, public forums and conversations with artists, philosophers, scientists, Nobel Laureates, and journalists. nyuskirball.org.


Supporting a life in the arts

The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly The Actors Fund, is a national human services organization that addresses the unique needs of people who work in performing arts and entertainment with services focused on health and wellness, career and life, and housing. Since 1882, the Fund has sought to ensure stability, encourage resiliency and be a safety net for those who shape our country's cultural vibrancy. Learn more at entertainmentcommunity.org .

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