$10,000 2021 Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award deadline is approaching! Apply now!

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2020-06-17
  • Organization: Center Theatre Group
  • Organization Type: Arts Services Organization
  • Grant / Salary: $10,000 and a $2,000 honorarium for additional finalists
  • Location: Los Angeles , CA
  • Primary Discipline: Theatre (non-musical)
  • Recurring: Array
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Center Theatre Group’s $10,000 Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award for theatre artists is given annually to nurture innovative and adventurous theatre artists working in Los Angeles. Two additional finalists will each receive a $2,000 honorarium.

The Sherwood Award nurtures the selected artists and invites them to engage in a professional relationship with Center Theatre Group. Sherwood Awardees demonstrate leadership qualities, push existing boundaries, and are dedicated to improving the future of their respective artistic fields. Artists are not limited by title, role, or genre, but they must have a relationship to contemporary performance rooted in theatre.

Originally created in 1996 as an annual fund to support innovative, adventurous theatre artists from Los Angeles, the Sherwood Award was established in memory of Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood. Both of the Sherwoods were patrons of the arts with a special appreciation for the energy and talent of artists at a catalytic moment in their career who are vanguards in theatre. Richard Sherwood was president of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and president and then chairman of Center Theatre Group’s Board of Directors from 1980 until his death in 1993. Dorothy Sherwood created the award to honor her husband and helped shepherd the award process since its inception before her passing in 2018. The award is endowed by the Sherwood family and honors the Sherwoods’ passionate commitment to theatre.

2021 Sherwood Award Applications

The application for the 2021 Sherwood Award is now live. The deadline for the initial application is June 17, 2020 at 12pm. Select candidates will be invited to submit full applications. Full applications, along with letters of recommendation and work sample material, will be due no later than August 14, 2020. The awardee will be announced at the LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards.

For more information or any questions about the Sherwood Award, please contact [email protected]

Sherwood Award Requirements

Applicants must be:

An individual artist (no groups or teams)

A resident of Los Angeles for at least two years

An artist who has developed/collaborated on at least two fully produced projects in Los Angeles

Emerging in their field and/or at a catalytic moment in their career (which does not reflect the age of the artists, but where they are in the trajectory of their careers)

Sherwood Award Priorities:

Competitive candidates will demonstrate the following qualities:

Innovative—introducing new ideas; original and creative in thinking

Pushing boundaries—extending frontiers, experimenting, challenging the theatrical norm, finding new forms of artistic expression

Exceptional talent—the ability to capture the attention of the audience through pure skill and craft, a natural ability or aptitude in the selected field, translating passion and dedication into works of art, etc.

Effective communication—theatre artists who can passionately and effectively communicate their point of view and distinct artistic voice.

About the Sherwood Award Application Process

There are four phases in the Sherwood Award application process.

Phase One (May – June)
Initial applications are reviewed by the Sherwood Fellow and a member of Center Theatre Group’s Artistic staff (Sherwood Team). Applicants’ submitted applications, professional resumes, artist statements, and website materials will be reviewed.

Phase Two (Late June – August)
Applicants who meet the requirements of the Sherwood Award and demonstrate qualities aligning with the priorities outlined above, or applicants who are nominated by an external nomination committee, are invited to submit a full application. Full applications are reviewed by the Sherwood team and one external reviewer. In addition to the initial application, work sample material, one letter of recommendation, and written responses will be reviewed.

Phase Three (August – September)
Approximately eight semi-finalists will be selected. Semi-finalists will be reviewed by an external panel of professionals, who will make recommendations to the Sherwood team. These applicants will then interview with the Sherwood team. Three finalists will then be selected.

Phase Four (October)
The three finalists will interview with the Sherwood Award panel comprised of the Sherwood team and additional Center Theatre Group Artistic staff. By this point, all members of the panel will have reviewed the candidates’ work. Finalists will be announced in early October, and the Sherwood Award recipient will be announced at the Ovation Awards.