The Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award
In 2013, the Black Theatre Network (BTN) was honored to inaugurate The Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award. Named in honor of the founder of the National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF), the award will be presented biennially to an individual who “accepts the challenge to sustain and enrich the vision of the founder of an established institution devoted to the development of black culture.” Larry Leon Hamlin (1948-2007) founded the National Black Theatre Festival® in 1989 to unite black theatre companies in America and to ensure the survival of the genre. Held biennially, the NBTF is a six-day event that attracts more than 65,000 black theatre enthusiasts. Under Hamlin’s leadership, NBTF became one of the most historic and culturally significant events in the history of black theatre. In 2013, the first Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award was presented to Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, CEO and President of the National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF). In 2015, the second Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award was presented to Sade Lythcott, CEO and president of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre. In 2017, the third Larry Leon Hamlin Award was presented to Eileen J. Morris, Artistic Director of The Ensemble Theatre of Houston, Texas.
Criteria for Nominees:
The organization led by the nominee shall have been in existence for 20 years or more with at least two mainstage productions per year. (“Existence” refers to incorporation as a non-profit or profit entity.)
The nominating organization shall have presented a reading, staged production, or academic presentation at the National Black Theatre Festival within the last five years, OR be an organizational member in good standing of the Black Theatre Network (BTN).
For consideration, the following materials should be submitted:
A one-page letter of recommendation that describes how long the nominee has been associated with the organization, how long the nominee has been in a position of leadership, and how the nominee has preserved the vision and mission of the founding/previous leadership. (This letter may come from any person who is associated with the nominee. Please note that self-nominations are not acceptable.)
A season brochure or letter on stationary, outlining the organization’s production history for five years previous and presenting the tentative schedule for the upcoming season, as well as evidence of twenty years’ existence as an arts or cultural organization.
A letter from the governing Board of the organization guaranteeing that the nominee (or a duly appointed representative) will attend the Awards Luncheon on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, should the nominee be chosen.
Please send submissions to:
Michael D. Dinwiddie,
Associate Professor of Dramatic Writing
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
New York University
1 Washington Place, Room #407
New York, NY 10003
(You may also submit electronically to Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org)
For further information, please call 212-998-9152
Please note that submissions must be received by Monday, May 28, 2019.
The Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award Honoree will be announced by Monday, June 10, 2019.