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F. Otto Haas Award

Applications for The F. Otto Haas Award are open!

The F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist is awarded annually to a rising talent in the Greater Philadelphia region and is the only award of its kind in the nation. Generously funded by Carole Haas Gravagno through the CHG Charitable Trust, this special Barrymore Award includes a $15,000 cash prize for the recipient and $2,000 for each finalist. The award is intended to support an artist's living expenses, allowing them to remain committed to the Greater Philadelphia community and further development of their craft.

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We are seeking your expertise in selecting the candidates for the 2023 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. Your knowledge, involvement and leadership in our Philadelphia theatre community make your perspective incredibly important in selecting appropriate candidates for this prestigious award. Who, in not only your company, but among all of your fellow artists, has created work that has contributed to the viability and visibility of our theatre community in the past year? 

All contributing theatre artists, without regard to specialty, are eligible, with the designated intent that the Haas Award is given in recognition of both noted artistic excellence and promise. The $15,000 cash award is designed to give younger artists recognition and financial help in their early career development.

The criteria in the selection process are:

  • A theatre professional who has worked no less than three, nor more than ten years in Philadelphia theatre

  • Philadelphia residency is not a requirement, but there must be both a substantial body of work that has been adjudicated here.

The deadline to submit your recommendations (MAX. 2 per person) is March 1, 2023.  Please include:

  • Contact Information: name, address, phone, email

  • Theatre Company (if applicable)

  • Discipline

Email all recommendations to Operations & Programs Coordinator, CJ Higgins ([email protected]). We look forward to your endorsements and participation in identifying and celebrating the F. Otto Haas Emerging Artists Award.

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