The Drama Desk

The Drama Desk The only major New York theater honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway compete against each other in the same category.

Drama Desk Awards, which are given annually in a number of categories, are the only major New York theater honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway compete against each other in the same category. Formed in 1949 by a group of New York theater critics, editors, reporters, and publishers, the organization was created to educate the community on vital issues concerning the theater. In 1955, Drama Desk became the first major organization to honor Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway, with their Vernon Rice Awards, named for the late New York Post critic who had pioneered Off-Broadway coverage in the New York press. In 1974, as Off and Off-Off Broadway grew in importance, Drama Desk began what has become its distinct tradition - evaluating all three venues by the same criteria. In 1974 Drama Desk also became incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. In keeping with its original mission, the organization sponsors guest panel luncheons with theater professionals. Panels address topics of current interest - covering the season on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, with the aim of prompting informative and stimulating discussion. In 2012 Theatremania.com presented the 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards. All of Drama Desk officers and Nominating Committee members perform their various services for the organization on a voluntary basis. The Nominating Committee generally meets twice a month to discuss the many eligible shows they are responsible for seeing. They then choose the productions for nomination on which the entire membership will vote. What sets the organization apart is that the awards are voted on by media people only without any vested interests in the results.

Mission: Formed in 1949 by a group of New York theater critics, editors, reporters, and publishers, the organization was created to educate the community on vital issues concerning the theater.

05/31/2020

POSTPONED
The 2020 Drama Desk Awards will NOT air on Spectrum News NY1, Sunday May 31st at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Soft Power scores 11 nominations, including Best Musical, for the 2020 Drama Desk Awards, to be streamed live on May 31C...
04/22/2020

Soft Power scores 11 nominations, including Best Musical, for the 2020 Drama Desk Awards, to be streamed live on May 31
Click Link Below for list of the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards
http://theaterlife.com/drama-desk-nominations-7/

10/19/2019

On Friday, October 18 at 1:00 PM the Robin Williams Center, 247 West 54th Street, will host AG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld's Tracy Letts on The Business. This filmed Q&A series recognizes and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City.

The Drama Desk's cover photo
06/04/2019

The Drama Desk's cover photo

Drama Desk Winner, David Korins, has been nomintated for 10 Drama Desk Awards including a nomination this year for Outst...
05/13/2019
Spotlight on the Arts: David Korins with Patrick Christiano – Drama Desk

Drama Desk Winner, David Korins, has been nomintated for 10 Drama Desk Awards including a nomination this year for Outstanding Set Design for a Musical, Beetlejuice.

Spotlight on the Arts: David Korins with Patrick Christiano May 12, 2019 David Korins Photo: Barry Gordin Drama Desk Winner, David Korins, has been nomintated for 10 Drama Desk Awards including a nomination this year for Outstanding Set Design for a Musical, Beetlejuice.Video: Magda Katz

Nominations for the 64th Annual #DramaDeskAwardshttp://theaterlife.com/drama-desk-nominations-6/ …
04/25/2019
Drama Desk Nominations – theaterlife

Nominations for the 64th Annual #DramaDeskAwards
http://theaterlife.com/drama-desk-nominations-6/

Drama Desk Nominations Nominations for the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards April 25, 2019: The nominees for the 2018-2019 Drama Desk Awards were announced today during the broadcast of Live at Noon on NY1. Anchor Roma Torre and Frank DiLella, host of On Stage, rolled out a partial list of those nomina...

04/19/2019

During NY1’s Live at Noon, Roma Torre (NY1 Anchor/Critic) and Frank DiLella (NY1 Host, "On Stage") will report the nominations for the Drama Desk Awards at approximately 12:50 PM. Drama Desk Awards host Michael Urie will join Roma and Frank live on-air

A conversation with Kiss Me, Kate's Kelli O'Hara Will Chase Corbin Bleu Stephanie Styles choreographer Warren Carlyle an...
04/16/2019
Conversations Conversations on Broadway: KISS ME KATE

A conversation with Kiss Me, Kate's Kelli O'Hara Will Chase Corbin Bleu Stephanie Styles choreographer Warren Carlyle and Amanda Green with DD VP Richard Ridge April 18 at 4:30 PM Robin Williams Center, 247 W 54th St chick her to join
https://members.sagfoundation.org/programs/10935

SAG-AFTRA Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen.Join us for a Q&A with the cast and creators of Broadway M...

04/10/2019

The Drama Desk annual general meeting is on Monday, April 15 at 6:15 pm. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please do so right away.

Come see Drama Desk VP @RichardRidge host @ThePromMusical cast and creative on Friday, April 12th at 2:00 PM over at the...
04/10/2019
Conversations THE PROM

Come see Drama Desk VP @RichardRidge host @ThePromMusical cast and creative on Friday, April 12th at 2:00 PM over at the Robin Williams Center, 247 West 54th Street. To RSVP click here https://members.sagfoundation.org/programs/10902

SAG-AFTRA Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen.Join us for a Q&A with the cast and creators of Broadway M...

03/16/2019

Replicas of #BobFosse’s #DramaDesk Awards will be featured on screen in #FosseVerdonFX . Those replicas are reportedly figure in montages designed to mark the passage of time between narrative segments.

03/16/2019

Did you know that a replica of a later @TheDramaDesk Award trophy is in @ThePromMusical? How cool is that!

Drama Desk News – Drama Desk
01/30/2019
Drama Desk News – Drama Desk

Drama Desk News – Drama Desk

Drama Desk News January 29, 2019 64th Annual DD Awards Show will be presented by Broadway Brands January 28, 2019:  Broadway Brands, publisher of Broadway News and Broadway Briefing, and the Drama Desk jointly announced today that Broadway Brands will present the Drama Desk Awards (www.DramaDe...

01/28/2019

Broadway Brands, publisher of Broadway News (www.broadway.news) and Broadway Briefing, and the Drama Desk jointly announced this morning that Broadway Brands will present the Drama Desk Awards beginning with the upcoming 2019 ceremony!

The 64th annual event will take place on June 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall. The cut-off for nominations will be April 24, 2019. Nominations will be announced April 25, 2019.

Joey Parnes Productions will produce the ceremony, as it has since 2012, and Matt Britten, Broadway Brands CEO, will serve as executive producer of the Drama Desk Awards.

Arlene Epstein – Drama Desk
01/08/2019
Arlene Epstein – Drama Desk

Arlene Epstein – Drama Desk

Arlene Epstein January 7, 2019 To all Drama Desk Members: Our colleague Arlene Epstein, former theater critic of the South Shore Record and longtime syndicated columnist, died last evening after a long illness. Arlene has been a member of our organization since 1982. She served multiple terms on the...

It is with great sadness that we must let you know of the passing of longtime Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle member...
01/07/2019

It is with great sadness that we must let you know of the passing of longtime Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle member Arlene Epstein. A member of the Drama Desk since 1982, and former Secretary of the Board, has contributed her “Critic-at-Leisure” column for 40 years.

The Drama Desk wishes everyone a Happy New Year.
01/03/2019

The Drama Desk wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

The Drama Desk Board is very proud of our organization’s panel, “Expanding the Discourse: Is the Landscape of Theater Ch...
12/10/2018
Drama Desk – Celebrating Excellence in ALL New York Theatre Since 1955

The Drama Desk Board is very proud of our organization’s panel, “Expanding the Discourse: Is the Landscape of Theater Changing for Artists with Disabilities?,” which took place at Ripley-Grier Studios on Nov. 12, 2018. For those of you who were unable to attend: the event was moderated by Katy Sullivan (Paralympic track and fielder and star of Cost of Living, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize play, both at MTC and in LA) and featured an impressive group of artists:

Christine Bruno (actor, writer, director, and disability advocate),
Shannon DeVido (The Healing at Theater Breaking Through Barriers and Teenage Dick at the Public),
Stephanie Gould (0range is the New Black, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Bernie & Mikey’s Trip to the Moon at 59E59),
John Christopher Jones (actor, playwright, and translator, who was honored with an Obie for his 2011 translation of The Cherry Orchard),
Gregg Mozgala (Cost of Living at MTC, Teenage Dick, and founder of The Apothetae, a theater company dedicated to the production of works that explore and illuminate the “disabled experience”),
Jamie Sanders (actor and writer who recently made his professional debut in Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at Kansas City Rep), and
Ali Stroker (Glee, Spring Awakening on Broadway, Oklahoma! at St. Ann’s Warehouse).

This program, which was free (and open to non-members after a holdback for Drama Desk members to make reservations), was extremely well-attended. We would have been “standing room only” had all those who made reservations actually been present. The discussion was lively and productive, with numerous questions and responses from the floor. Attendees, both panelists and audience members, lingered afterwards to carry on with the discussion until we had to relinquish the room. (You will find an account of the event by Patrick Christiano, along with Barry Gordin’s photographs and Jose Solis's Video of the participants, on the Drama Desk web site, www.dramadesk.org.)

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