2014 Honorary Co-Chairs
Ruben-Sanitago-Hudson, Ebony Jo-Ann, Debbie McIntyre and Billy Mitchell
AUDELCO Recognition Awards – The Annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition, “The VIV”Awards are the only formally established awards presented to the Black Theatre Community. The AUDELCO awards are limited to productions mounted by professional, not-for-profit theater organizations which have been in existence for at least two years and have had a minimum of 500 hours of rehearsal, performance, or training. Additionally, productions have to have been performed over 12 times between September 1 of one year and August 31 of the next. Workshop productions and works-in-progress are not eligible.
Though I met Ms. Robinson on many occasions, according to the NYTimes…Vivian Robinson, the founder of the Audience Development Committee (Audelco) and the annual Audelco Awards, which honors achievement in black theater, died on Sept. 16 at North General Hospital in Harlem.She was 71.Miss Robinson was born in Portsmouth, Va.
While working in the advertising department of The Amsterdam News, she noticed that many small theater companies were not being covered and volunteered to review their productions for the newspaper.
In 1973, she created Audelco ”to generate recognition, understanding and awareness of the arts in black communities and to build new audiences for nonprofit theaters and dance companies.”
For 23 years, the Audelco ceremony has been an annual event in the New York theater, with awards presented to playwrights, actors, directors, composers, designers and theater companies. Under Miss Robinson’s direction, Audelco has also sponsored a series of Black Theater Festivals.
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