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Index of Awards and Winners
Ann Flagg Multicultural Award       
2013No Award                                             
 2012 Adventure Theatre MTC
2011No Award
2010No Award
2009No Award
2008José Cruz González
2007Cherie Bennett
2006No Award
2005Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
2004Scott Laughead
2003No Award
2001Deaf Access Program
2000Starfish Theatreworks
1999Educational Theatre Programs of Kaiser Permanente
1997-1998No Award
1996Creative Arts Team
1995Working Classroom, Inc
1994Gloria Bond Clunie
1993Karamu House

Barbara Salisbury Wills Alliance Award
2009-2013No Award
2008Carol T. Jones
2001-2007No Award
2000Lorenzo Garcia
1999Joan Lazarus
1998Katherine Krzys
1997Barbara Salisbury Wills
1996Kim Alan Wheetley
1993-1995No Award
1992Roger L. Bedard
1991Judith Rethwisch
1990C. John Tolch

Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award      
2013Laura McCammon                                                  
2012 Joan Lazarus
2011Larry O'Farrell
Susan Pearson
2010Roger L. Bedard
2009Patricia Whitton Forrest
2008Ruth Beall Heinig
2007No Award
2006David Booth
Norah Morgan
Juliana Saxton
2004Dorothy Webb
2003Jane Campbell
2002Lowell Swortzell
Nancy Swortzell
2001Dorothy Heathcote
2000No Award
1999Patricia Briggs
1998Lin Wright
1997Coleman Jennings
1996Nellie McCaslin
1995Ken Graham
1994Bernice Bronson
1993Anne Thurman
1992Wallace Smith
1991Don Doyle
Elizabeth Flory Kelly
1990Orlin Corey
1989Ann Hill
1988No Award
1987Mary Jane Evans
Jed Davis
1986Geraldine Siks
1985Isabel Burger
Julie Thompson
1984Dorothy Schwartz
1983Agnes Haaga

Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award
2013Eric Coble                                             
2011-2012No Award
2010Doug Cooney
2009Barry Kornhauser
2008No Award
2007James De Vita
2006Mary Hall Surface
2005Jose Cruz Gonzalez
2004No Award
2003Laurie Brooks
2002Y York
2000-2001No Award
1999Sandra Fenichel Asher
1996-1998No Award
1995Max Bush
1994James Still
1990-1993No Award
1989Brian Kral
1987-1988No Award
1986Virginia Glasgow Koste
1985Aurand Harris
1981-1984No Award
1980Moses Goldberg
1979Jonathan Levy
1978Suzan Zeder
1977Flora B. Atkin
1976Joseph Robinette
1975Helen P. Avery
1974Rosemary Musil
1973Alan Cullen
1972Ed Graczyk
1971Joanna Halpert Kraus
1970Madge Miller
1969Marian Jonson
1968Martha Bennett King
1967Aurand Harris
1966No Award

The Chorpenning Cup 


Coleman A. Jennings


Kilgore College


Omaha Junior Theatre


Midland Community Theatre


No Award


Omaha Junior Theatre


University of Kansas


Children's Theatre of Long Beach


Omaha Junior Theatre


Seattle Junior Programs
Seattle PTA Council, University of Washington School of Drama

 Creative Drama Award 
2013Kathryn Dawson
2008-2012No Award
2007Rives B. Collins
Stacey Ardelean
Vivian Fusillo
2005Anne Lefkovitz
2004Lenore Blank Kelner
2003No Award
2002Christine D. Warner
2001Karina Naumer
Laurel Serleth
2000No Award
1999District 65 Drama Department, Evanston, IL
1998No Award
1997Elizabeth M. Quinn
1996Sister Dorothy Prokes, F.S.E.
1995No Award
1994Jonathan Ray
1993No Award
1992Ruth Beall Heinig
1991Joyce Wilkinson
1990No Award
1989Johnny Saldaña
Elizabeth Rike
1988Thelma McDaniel
Nancy Norvell Ball
1987Patricia Sternberg
John Warren Stewig
1986Joan Lazarus
Phyllis Haase
Laurel Serleth
1985No Award
1984Elizabeth Segal
Eunice Joffe
Jan Denison
1983Barbara McIntyre
Faith Barnett
Rose Pavlov
Naida Weisberg
1982Ann Drew Elgood
1981Rosilyn Wilder
Ken Graham
1980Isabel Burger
Annette Klein
Virginia Glasgow Koste
1979Rita Criste
Coleman A. Jennings
1978Anne Thurman
Eleanor Irwin
Kay King
1977Lin Wright
Geraldine Siks
Agnes Haaga
1976Barbara Salisbury (now Wills)
Helane S. Rosenberg
1975Don Doyle
Evelyn R. Ordman

Dina Rees Evans Theatre In Our Schools Award
2012-2013No Award                                                                                                              
2011Jennifer DiBella
Nicole Lorenzetti
2010No Award
2009Kentucky Country Day School
2008Illinois Theatre Association
2007No Award
2006No Award
2005Kentucky Country Day School Middle School Drama Society
2003-2004No Award
2002Kentucky Country Day School Middle School Drama Society
2000-2001No Award
1999State: Iowa Thespians, Elizabeth Hansen & Kristi Westfall, Chairs
Individual: Gai Jones, Placentia, California
1998State: Elizabeth Hansen, Chair, Iowa
Individual: Marti Fowler, Chesterfield, Missouri
1997State: Helen Lewis, Chair, Texas Educational Theatre Association
Individual: Kevin J. Dowling, Chair, Maine
1996State: Helen Lewis, Chair, Texas Educational Theatre Association
Individual: Lisa LoPresti-Hupp, Kamuela, Hawaii
1995Texas Theatre Association
1994Carole F. Joranlien, State of Florida
1993Carole F. Joranlien, State of Florida
1992Krin Perry, State of Texas
1991Krin Perry, State of Texas
1990Cindy Garren, State of Florida

Distinguished Book Award
2013      Theatre, Youth, and Culture: A Critical Exploration, by Manon van de Water, published
by Palgrave Macmillan
2012Theater, Education, and Peformance: The Map and the Story, by Helen Nicholson, published by Palgrave Macmillan
2011Barrier-Free Theatre: Including Everyone in Theatre Arts-In Schools, Recreation, and Arts Programs-Regardless of (Dis)Ability by Sally Bailey, Published by Idyll Arbor

Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice, Edited by Monica Prendergast and Juliana Saxton, Published by Intellect Books
Nine Plays by Jose Cruz Gonzales: Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences
, edited by Coleman Jennings, published by University of Texas Press
2008Theatre for Living: The Art and Science of Community-Based Dialogueby David Diamond, published by Trafford
2007No Award
2006Spaces of Creation: The Creative Process of Playwritingby Suzan Zeder with Jim Hancock, published by Heinemann, Lisa A. Barnett Senior Editor
2005Into the Story: Language in Action Through Dramaby Carole Miller and Juliana Saxton, published by Heinemann
2004No Award
2003Dramatic Changes: Talking about Sexual Orientation and Gender with
High School Students
, by Paula Ressler, published by Heinemann
2002Strategies for Playbuilding: Helping Groups Translate Issues Into Theatre, by Will Weigler, published by Heinemann
2001Drama and Diversity: A Pluralistic Perspective for Educational Drama,
by Sharon Grady, published by Heinemann
2000The Dramatic Difference: Drama in the preschool and Kindergarten Classroom, by Victoria Brown and Sarah Pleydell, published by Heinemann
1999Theatre: Art in Action, by Dr. Robert Taylor and Dr. Robert Strickland,
published by National Textbook Company/Contemporary Publishing Group
1998Dreamseekers: Creative Approaches to the African American Heritage,
edited by Cecily O'Neill and Anita Manley, published by Heinemann
1997The Theatre of Aurand Harris: His Career, His Theories, His Plays,
by Lowell Swortzell, published by Anchorage Press
1996Drama of Color: Improvisation with Multiethnic Folklore, by Johnny Saldaña, published by Heinemann
Teaching Dramatically/Learning Thematically, by Laura Gardner Salazar,
published by New Plays Incorporated
1995Pioneer Journeys: Drama in Museum Education, by Jennifer Fell Hayes and Dorothy Napp Schindel, published by New Plays Incorporated
1994Storymaking and Drama, by Nancy King, published by Heinemann
1993Improvisation with Favorite Tales, by Ruth Beall Heinig, published by Heinemann
1992Playmaking: Children Writing and Performing Their Own Plays, by Daniel Judah Sklar, published by Teachers and Writers Collaborative
1991Teaching Young Playwrights, by Gerald Chapman, edited and developed by Lisa A. Barnett, published by Heinemann
1990International Guide to Children's Theatre & Educational Theatre, by Lowell S. Swortzell, published by Greenwood Press, Inc.
1989The Creative Drama Book: Three Approaches, by Judith Kase-Polisini,
published by Anchorage Press

Distinguished Play Award
2013          Category A: The Transition of Doodle Pequeno, by Gabriel Jason Dean, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category A: She Kills Monsters, by Qui Nguyen, published by Samuel French
Category B: Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly, by Y York, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category C: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Cheryl West, published by Plays for Young Audiences
Category D: Getting Near to Baby, by Y York, published by Dramatic Publishing
2012Category ATeaching Disco Square Dancing to Our Elders: A Class Presentation, by Larissa FastHorse, original music by Brian Joseph, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category BBalloonacy, by Barry Kornhauser, published by Plays for Young Audiences; Pirates! by Charles Way, published by Plays for Young Audiences
Category CA Boy Called Lizard, by James J. Mellon, Music and Lyrics by James J. Mellon and Scott De Turk, based on the novel Lizard by Dennise Covington, published by Samuel French                                                                                                                     Category D:   Eggs, by Y York, based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli, published by Dramatic Publishing    
2011Category AThe K of D by Laura Schellhardt, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category BA Best Friends Story by Sandra Fenichel Asher, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category CThe Giver by Eric Coble, adapted from the novel by Lois Lowry, published by Dramatic Publishing

Category A:somebody's childrenby Jose Casas, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category B:Threeeby Colleen Neuman, published by Baker's Plays
Category C:Bud, Not Buddyby Reginald Andre Jackson, adapted from the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, published by Dramatic Publishing.
Iqbaladapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston, story by Francesco D' Adamo, with translation by Ann Leonori. Published by Plays for Young Audiences, a partnership of Seattle Children's Theatre and Children's Theatre Company- Minneapolis.
Category A:No Award
Category B:Kindnessby Dennis Foon, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category C:Treasure Island, adapted by Ken Ludwig from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, published by Samuel French
2008Category A:Brave No World: Community, Identity, Stand-Up Comedyby Laurie Brooks, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category B:No Award
Category C:The Bluest Eyeadapted by Lydia R. Diamond from the novel by Toni Morrison, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category A:Kara in Blackby Max Bush, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category B:la ofrendaby Jose Casas, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category C:Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World, adapted by David Wood, published by Samuel French, Ltd.
2006The Forgiving Harvestby Y York, published by Dramatic Publishing
2005Category A:Eric and Elliotby Dwayne Hartford, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category B:In the Garden of the Selfish Giantby Sandra Fenichel Asher, published by Dramatic Publishing
Adaptation:The Rememberer, by Steven Dietz, based onAs My Sun Now Setsby Joyce Simmons Cheeka as told to Werdna Phillips Finley, published by Dramatic Publishing
2004Category A:The Music Lesson, by Tammy Ryan, published by Dramatic Publishing
Adaptation:Sarah, Plain and Tall,Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book by Patricia MacLachlan, published by Dramatic Publishing
2003Category A:Paper Lanterns, Paper Cranes, by Brian Kral, published by Anchorage Press Plays, Inc.
Category B:Salt and Pepper, by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, published by Dramatic Publishing
Adaptation:Spot's Birthday Party,Adapted for the Stage by David Wood, based on the book by Eric Hill, published by Samuel French
2002Category A:Belongings, by Daniel Fenton, published by Dramatic Publishing
Adaptation:Ezigbo, the Spirit Child, dramatized by Max Bush,
published by Anchorage Press Plays, Inc.
Adaptation:A Village Fable, by James Still, music by Michael Keck,
published by Dramatic Publishing
2001Category A:The Wrestling Season, by Laurie Brooks, published by Dramatic Publishing
Adaptation:Afternoon of the Elves, by Y York, published by Dramatic Publishing
2000Category A: And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, by James Still, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category A:The Taste of Sunrise, by Suzan Zeder, published by Anchorage Press
Category B:The Wolf Child, by Edward Mast, published by Anchorage Press
1999Category A:North Star, by Gloria Bond Clunie, published by Dramatic Publishing
Category B:Still Life with Iris, by Steven Dietz,published by Dramatic Publishing
Adaptation:Journey of the Sparrows, by Meryl Friedman, published by Dramatic Publishing
1998Category A:Selkie, by Laurie Brooks Gollobin, published by Anchorage Press
Category B:The Yellow Boat, by David Saar, published by Anchorage Press
Adaptation:Bambi: A Life in the Woods, by James DeVita, published by Anchorage Press
1997Category A:The Less Than Human Club, by Timothy Mason, published by Smith and Kraus Inc.
1996Category A:Angel in the Night, by Joanna Halpert Kraus, published by Dramatic Publishing Company
Category B:The Prince and the Pauper, adapted for the Stage by Aurand Harris, published by Anchorage Press
1995Category A:T-Money & Wolf, by Kevin Willmott and Ric Averill, published by Dramatic Publishing Company
Category A:Scars and Stripes, by Thomas Cadwaleder Jones, published by Encore Publishing Company
Category B:Ramona Quimby, by Len Jenkins, published by Dramatic Publishing Company
1994Category A:Song for the Navigator, by Michael Cowell, published by Dramatic Publishing Company
Category B:A Woman Called Truth, by Sandra Fenichel Asher, published by Dramatic Publishing Company
1993Category A:This Is Not a Pipe Dream, by Barry Kornhauser, published by Anchorage Press
Category B:The Pinballs, by Aurand Harris, published by Anchorage Press
1992Category A:The Secret Garden, by Pamela Sterling, published by Dramatic Publishing Company
Category B:Amber Waves, by James Still, published by Samuel French, Inc.
1991Category A: In the Middle of Grand Central Station, by Nancy Pahl Gilsenan, published by Dramatic Publishing Company
Category A:Jungalbook, by Edward Mast, published by Anchorage Press
Category B:Monkey Magic: Chinese Story Theatre, by Aurand Harris,
published by Anchorage Press
1990Category A:The Man-Child, by Arnold Rabin, published by Baker's Plays
Category B:The Chicago Gypsies, by Virginia Glasgow Koste, published by Dramatic Publishing Company
Category B:Aalmauria: The Voyage of the Dragonfly, by Max Bush, published by Anchorage Press
1989Category A:A Separate Peace, by Nancy Pahl Gilsenan, published by Dramatic Publishing Company
Category B:Becca, by Wendy Kesselman, published by Anchorage Press
1988Babies Having Babies, by Kathryn Montgomery and Jeffrey Auerbach,
published by Baker's Plays
1987Mother Hicks, by Suzan Zeder, published by Anchorage Press
1986Doors, by Suzan Zeder, published by Anchorage Press
1985A Play Called Noah's Flood, by Suzan Zeder, published by Anchorage Press
1984Nightingale, by John Urquhart and Rita Grossberg, published by Anchorage Press
1983My Days as a Youngling, John Jacob Niles: The Early Years, a musical adapted for the stage and scripted by Nancy Niles Sexton, Vaughn McBride,
Martha Harrison Jones; songs by John Niles; published by Anchorage Press

F. Loren Winship Secondary School Theatre Award
2012-2013No Award                                                                                                             
2011John Muszynski
2010No Award
2009No Award
2008No Award
2007No Award
2006No Award
2005Kurt Steinhauser
2004No Award
2003Florida State Thespians & Michael J. Higgins
1998-2002No Award
1997William Rough
1996No Award
1995Frederick C. Hoebel
1994No Award
1993Shawnee Mission North High School Drama Department:
Margaret McClatchey, Maureen Davis, Nancy Marcy
1992Thom Feit
1991Rita Kotter
1990The Ensemble Theatre Company of Marin: Daniel Caldwell & Michelle Swanson, Directors
1989University Interscholastic League
1988Dan Caldwell
Michelle Swanson
1987Mina Halliday (now Casmir)
1986No Award
1985Lynn Murray
1984Funders of The Shakespeare Plays
1983Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
1982Anchorage Press
William Waack
1981Nicholas Wandmacher
1980Charlotte Motter
1979Wallace Smith
1978William Talbot, Samuel French, Inc.
1977John C. Barner
1976Viola Spolin
1975Ed Cole
1974Frank M. Whiting
1973Kathryn Bloom
1972Katherine Ommanney
1971Paul Kozelka
1970L. R. "Barney" Kremer
1969Alvin Cohen
1968F. Loren Winship
1967Ken Graham
1966John A. Walker
1965Jack Morrison
1964John C. Hemmerly
1963Ernest Bavely, Earl Blank, Harry Leeper, Leon Miller and Paul Opp, Founders and Past Executive Secretary-Treasurers of The National Thespian Society (now known as the International Thespian Society)
1962No Award
1961Dina Rees Evans
Roberta Sheets

John C. Barner Teacher of the Year Award
2010-2013No Award
2009Linda Sharpe
2008Keith Taylor
2007Diane Lutz
2004-2006No Award
2003John D. Newman
2002No Award
2001Tim Ortman
2000Jeanne Averill
1999Robin Nott
1998No Award
1997Lynda D. Belt
1996Michael H. Hibbard
Susan L. Wurster
1995Jean Hodges
1994No Award
1993Frances L. McGarry
1992John Faust
1991Philip John Kinen
1990Judith Rethwisch
1989Ron Kenney
1988Julian Schlusberg
1987John Steele
1986No Award
1985Jack Parkhurst
1984Frank Bluestein
1983Jerry Worsham
2013 Holli Hutson, with project mentor Laurie Melnik
2012        Wendy Mapes, with project mentor Kerri Sullivan                                 
2011Diana Torres, with project mentor Laurie Melnik

Lin Wright Special Recognition Award
2013Peter B. Duffy, Brian Guehring                             
2012Matt Omasta, David Barr, III
2011Kati Koerner
2010No Award
2009No Award
2008Karen Libman
California Educational Theatre Association
2007Liora Bresler, Ph.D.
Kathy Krzys
Cheryl Kaplan
2006Dr. F. Scott Regan
2005Stephani Etheridge Woodson
Trudy Wheeler
2004Gail Noppe-Brandon, Founding and Artistic Director, Starfish Theatreworks, Inc
2003Dr. Robert Colby
John Somers, University of Exeter, Exstream Theatre Company & Carfax Publishing
2002Developing Creative Curriculum: Enriching the Education of Hawaii's Children:
Steven Jones, Daniel Kelin II and Jamie Simpson
2001Heinemann Press
Lowell Swortzell - ANew Plays for Young Audiences@
2000Lynda Zimmerman
1999Educational Theatre Programs of Kaiser Permanente
Kevin Hauge & Tegan McLane, Theatre as Digital Activity
Gina May
1998Flint Youth Theatre
1997No Award
1996Patricia Sternberg
1995Dr. Shirley Harbin
1994No Award
1993George R. Nelson
John Doyle
Duwain M. Hunt
1992No Award
1991Arizona State University Institute for Studies in the Arts
Ruth Cantrell
Ruth Davis
1990William K. Leech
Lynne Kramer
Dr. John Wright & Dr. Aletha Huston
1989Sunna Rasch
Xan Johnson
1988John Kauffman
Werdna Finley
National Theatre Education Project Committee: Jack Carr, Shirley Harbin, Elizabeth Segal, Anne Thurman, Bill Waack, Kim Wheetley
1987Helane Rosenberg
Jeanne Hall
1986Carmine Tabone
Lin Wright, Arizona State University
Don Laffoon
Child's Play, Inc.
1985Dorothy Webb, IUPUI, National Children's Playwriting Competition and Symposium
Community Experimental Repertory Theatre (CERT), Poughkeepsie, NY
1984Arlene Hamilton
Muriel Mawer
Judith Kase Polisini
Fort Wayne Youtheatre
1983William Akins, Chair, Theatre Department, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
The Junior Theatre of Davenport, IA
The Seattle Repertory Theatre, "MOB" Show
Storytalers, Minneapolis, MN
1982Carole C. Huggins
Edward Kessel
1981Brenda Dubay
Joan Schwartz
Thelma McDaniel, Eastern Michigan University
Orlin Corey, Anchorage Press, New Orleans, LA
1980CBS, "The Program in Educational Theatre"
Ann Shaw, Drama and Theatre for, by, and with the Handicapped
Dorothy Davies Miller
1979Donna Stone Pesch, Winifred Ward Scholarship Committee
Nancy Ebsen, Leadership in Southern California
Agnes Haaga, University of Washington, Winifred Ward Scholarship Committee
Carol Jeschke, Professional Producers and Presenters
Emily Hammood, Opera for Youth
1978Dorothy Schwartz, First Chairperson, Winifred Ward Scholarship Committee
Jearnine Wagner, Learning About Learning
1977Patricia Whitton, New Plays Incorporated
Muriel Broadman, Understanding Your Child's Entertainment
Grace Stanistreet, Adelphi University
Sister Kathryn Martin, Peppermint Stick Players, Indiana State University
Isabel B. Burger, Creative Dramatics for the Elderly
The Alliance for Arts Education, Kennedy Center Children's Art Series
Hazel Easton, Honorary Chairperson, Winifred Ward Scholarship Committee
1976Paula E. Silberstein, Cultural Resource Specialist, New Jersey City Board of
Education Hillsborough County School Board, Tampa, FL, Theatre-in-the-Schools
Phoebe Hanson, Minneapolis, MN, Park Board Cultural Arts Department
Claire Michaels, Jackson Heights, NY, "Geriadrama" Techniques
C. John Tolch, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Robert Pitts, Frederick, MD
1975Performing Arts Repertory Theatre Foundation, Inc., (now THEATREWORKS/USA), Freedom Train production
Southern California Children's Theatre Association Children's Theatre Festival
Milton Polsky, Hunter College, Interviews in Children's Theatre Review
Nashville Academy Theatre
Mary Kerr, Winston-Salem, NC, Creative Drama Program
Beverly Sturgill, CTAA New Scripts Service
Pickwick Players and Players Inc., Baltimore, MD
California Educational Theatre Association
1974Dorothy Schwartz, Give Them Roots and Wings
Dorothy Aldrich, Give Them Roots and Wings
Moses Goldberg, Children's Theatre: A Philosophy and a Method
Emily Gillies, Creative Dramatics for All Children
Elizabeth Flory Kelly, Curriculum Dramatics Study, Cleveland, OH
Shirley Trusty (now Corey), Performing Arts Center of New Orleans
Robert McNea, OOPSY, WWJ-TV, Detroit, MI
Pat Snyder and State University of New York, The Wizard of Oz
exchange with the Central Theatre for Children, Moscow
1973Pat Snyder, ASSITEJ Report
Puerto Rican Children's Theatre
Mattel Toys, Sponsors of "Sounder"
Miriam Morton, The Arts and the Soviet Child
Natalia Sats
1972In-School Players of Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD
Irene Vickers Baker, Children's Theatre, Wichita, KS
Kitty Reinhardt, Free Theatre, Germantown, PA
Ellen Gerhardt, Editor, Critiques of Theatre Productions for Children
Sunna Rasch, Periwinkle Productions, Monticello, NY
1971Theatre Resources for Youth (TRY), New Hampshire National Endowment for the Arts
Dr. Samuel J. Citron and The Jewish Theatre for Children
New York State Council of the Arts
CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Learning About Learning, San Antonio, TX
Monte Meacham Award
2009-2013No Award
2008Kim Peter Kovac
2004-2007No Award
2003ACS Head Start & Marilyn Bartlett
1999-2002No Award
1998New Visions/New Voices, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
1997No Award
1996Dean and Pauline Bonderman
1995Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund
1994Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation
1987-1993No Award
1986Children's Radio Theatre
1984-1985No Award
1983Viola Spolin
1981-1982No Award
1980Jack Kukuk, Kennedy Center Arts for Children program
1979McDonald's, Inc.
1978Bruno Bettelheim
1977Action for Children's Television (A.C.T.)
1976ABC-TV After School Specials Program
1975Ernest L. Boyer, SUNY
1974Reader's Digest Films
1973Dan Sullivan, Los Angeles Times
1972Jim Henson, Creator of the Muppets
1971Paul Sills' Story Theatre
1970Sesame Street
1969Mister Roger's Neighborhood
1968Association of Junior Leagues of America
1967Xerox Corporation and CBS Children's Series
1966Robert Radnitz
1965No Award
1964George Heineman
1963Kate Drain Lawson
1962Loveman's of Alabama
1961Dorothy McFadden
1960Mary Chase
1959Danny Kaye
2013Tom Arvetis                                               
2012Johanna Smith                                   

Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award
2010-2013No Award
2009CLIMB Theatre
2008The Growing Stage
(The Children's Theatre of New Jersey)
2005-2007No Award
2004Robyn Flatt
2003Lifeline Theatre
2001-2002No Award
2000Periwinkle National Theatre
1999New York State Theatre Institute
1998Stage One, Louisville, KY
1997Alliance Children's Theatre
1996The Cleveland Play House
1995Childsplay, Inc., Tempe, AZ
1994Seattle Children's Theatre
1993Creative Arts Team, New York University
1992Dorothy Webb and the National Children's Theatre Playwriting Contest and Symposium
1991Theatre and Youth Program, University of Texas at Austin
1990The Emmy Gifford Theater (now Omaha Theater Company)
1989Paper Bag Players
1988Aurand Harris
1987Carol Evans
1986Honolulu Theatre for Youth
1985Ruth J. Rittenour Denney
1984California Young People's Theatre (now California Theatre Center)
1983Performing Arts Repertory Theatre (now THEATREWORKS/USA)
1982Saturday Theatre for Children
1981California State University, Northridge, CA
1980Goodman School of Drama Children's Theatre (now Goodman-DePaul Children's Theatre)
1979The Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
1978Nashville Academy Theatre

Youth Theatre Director of the Year
2012-2013No Award                                                                                                               
2011Barry Kornhauser
Adele Ulrich
2006-2010No Award
2005Amy Oakeson
2004No Award
2003Dr. Trish Lindberg
2002Tom Ballmer, Stebens Children's Theatre
2001Joe Lauderdale, Laguna Playhouse
2000Helen White, Creative Arts Team
1999Susan Wood and William Ward, Flint Youth Theatre
1998Deborah Nitzberg, City Lights
1997Diane Crews, Dreamwrights
1996No Award
1995Daniel A. Kelin, II, Honolulu Theatre for Youth
1994Jennifer Scott McNair, Raleigh Little Theatre
1993Gary W. Ewing, Stebens Children's Theatre
1992Rodney Van Valkenburg, Chattanooga Little Theatre
1991Peter Donaldson, Youth Theatre Northwest
1990Jennifer Akridge, Mesa Youtheatre
1989Synthia Rogers, Dallas Theatre Center
1988Julian Wiles, Young Charleston Theatre Company
1987Sylvia Langworthy, MASQUE Youth Theatre and School

Zeta Phi Eta-Winifred Ward Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company Award
2011-2013No Award
Purple Crayon Players, SHINE! LA's Youth Theatre
No Award
2008Youth Education/Entertainment Series (Y.E.S.)
2007Vittum Theatre (now operating as Adventure Stage Chicago)
2006Great Midwestern Educational Theatre Company
2001-2005No Award
2000Prime Stage
1998No Award
1997La Crosse Playhouse, WI
1996Northwest Childrens Theater and School, Portland, OR
1995No Award
1994Serendipity Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
1993Hartford Children's Theatre
1992Chicago Children's Theatre
1991First Stage Milwaukee
1990Stebens Children's Theatre, IA
1989Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre
1988No Award
1987Dallas Children's Theatre
1984-1986No Award
1983ArtReach, Cincinnati, OH
1982The Santa Fe Children's Project, NM
1981Childsplay, Inc., Tempe, AZ
1980Rainbow Company Children's Theatre, Las Vegas, NV
Climb, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
1979California Young People's Theatre, San Jose, CA (now California Theatre Center)
1978Poncho Theatre, Seattle, WA
1977Creative Arts Team, New York, NY
1976Magic Carpet, San Francisco, CA
Theatre of Youth Company, Buffalo, NY
1975Happiness Bag Players, Inc., Terre Haute, IN
1974Metro Theater Circus (now Metro Theater Company), St. Louis, MO
Howard University Children's Theatre
1973Children's Corner of New Orleans
Scottsdale's Children's Theatre, AZ
1972Children's Theatre of Albany, NY
Springer Theatre of Columbus, GA
1971Pickwick Players, Midland, TX
1970Madison Children's Theatre, WI
1969Tulsa, OK Children's Theatre
1968Children's Theatre of Pelham, NY
1967Casa Maøana Playhouse, Fort Worth, TX
1966Pasadena Playhouse Association Children's Theatre
1965Community Children's Theatre, Twin Falls, ID
1964Center Youth Theatre, Bernard Horwich Center, Chicago, IL
1963Wilmette Children's Theatre, IL
1962Honolulu Theatre for Youth
1961Alton Children's Theatre, IL
Bessemer Junior Theatre, AL
1960No Award
1959Children's Theatre of the Civic Little Theatre, Allentown, PA
1958Community Children's Theatre of Duchess County, Poughkeepsie, NY
1957Youngstown Ohio Civic Theatre

Research Awards

Winifred Ward Scholar
2013Enza Giannone Hosig                                             
2012Mary McAvoy
2011Lisa Barker
J. Andrew Wiginton
Xanthia Walker
2008Wendy Bable
Oona Kersey
2007Sarah Myers
2006Heather Stickeler
2005Kathryn Dawson
2004Allison Manville Metz
2003Megan Alrutz
2002Christina Marin
2001Shondrika Moss
2000Jennifer Chapman
1999Barbara Jo Maier
1998Stephani Etheridge Woodson
1997Lynn M. Hoare
1996Kathleen Blum
1995Rachel Briley
1994Judy Matetzschk
1993Lorenzo Garcia
1992Sharon Grady
1991Brenda L. Cotto-Escalera
1990Sharon Rosslie Oppenheimer
1989Carolyn Silver-Alford
1988Jennifer Scott McNair
1987Toni Molloy (now Tudor)
1986Anamarie Garcia
1985Jeanne Klein
1984Rives B. Collins
1983Victoria L. Brown
1982Brian Kral
1981Pamela Sterling
1980Lucille Paolillo (now Danaher)
1979Barbara Byrne (now O'Neill)
1978Roger L. Bedard

Don and Elizabeth Doyle Fellowship
2013Lindsay Hearn
Special Recognition: Megan Flod Johnson               
2012Kathleen Arcovio
Special Recognition: Bethany Corey, Lisa Leibering, Tori Tomalia
2011Brianna Stapleton Welch
Special Recognition: Noah Adams

Abra Chusid
Special Recognition: Lauren Dusek Albonico,Jenny Anne Koppera
Karl O'Brian Williams
Special recognition: Jennifer Hartman, Aimee Reid
2008Meriah Sage

Distinguished Dissertation/Thesis Award
Distinguished Dissertation:
2013                  Overturning Topsy's Legacy: Black Theatre for Youth during the Black Arts Movement, by Dr. Jacqui Scott
Honorable Mentions: 
Theatre as a Place of Learnging: The Forces and Effects of Devised Theatre Processes in Education, by Mia Perry
The Representation of Taiwanese Childhood as Reflected in Theatre for Young Audiences of the Taipei Children's Arts Festival 2001-2011, by Yi-Ren Tsai
2012The Drama of Boys: An Ethnographic Study and Performance, by Dr. Richard Sallis
Honorable Mentions:
Drama and Multiculturalism: Power, Community, and Change, by Bethany Nelson
2011"Say It How It Is": Urban Teenage Girls Challenge and Perpetuate Cultural Narratives through Writing and Performing Theatre by Dana Edell
2010Learning Partnerships: The Use of Poststructuralist Drama Techniques to Improve Communication Between Teachers, Doctors, and Adolescentsby Helen Cahill
Honorable Mentions:
Youth Holocaust Drama: A Study of History, Memory, and National Identityby Erika Hughes
Adolescent Audiences' Affective Engagement with Theatre: A Mixed Methods Case Study Surveying Middle School Students' Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs, by Matthew J. Omasta
2009Language and Theory of Mind Development in the Context of a Head Start Theatre-in-Education Program by Wendy Mages
Honorable Mentions:
Colonizing the Imaginary: Children's Embodiment of Cultural Narratives by Andrew Chappell
Performance for a Living: How Emotions Play a Part by Catherine Hughes
2008Reevaluation of Tsubouchi's Child Drama for Domestic Presentation by Takeo Fujikura
Honorable Mention:
David T. Montgomery
2007The Gods Project: Drama as Intercultural Education:An Ethnographic Study of an Intercultural Performance Project in a Secondary School by Kate Donelan
2006Reflection and Refraction: The Dimpled Mirror of Process Drama by Dr. Peter O'Connor
2005Imagined Worlds in Play:A Study of the Dramatic Play of Pre-adolescent Girls by Dr Julie Dunn
2004Journeys into a Third Space: A Study of How Theatre Enables Us to Interpret the Emergent Space Between Culturesby Janinka Greenwood
2003Dramatic Tension: Towards an Understanding of "Tension of Intimacy"by Penny Bundy
Journeys in Teacher Professional Development: Narratives of Four Drama Educators by Michael Anderson
2002No Award
2001Mapping the Cultural Geography of Childhood or Constructing the Child in Child Drama: 1950 to the Present by Stephani Etheridge Woodson

Distinguished Thesis Award:
2013         Theatre and Citizenship: Playbuilding with English Language Learner Youth, by Sarah Howe Coleman
2011Ten Years After: A Qualitative Study of Students' Experiences in a High School Theatre Company by Helen Zdriluk
2010No Award
2009Young, Troubled and Queer: Gay and Lesbian Representation in Theatre for Young Audiences by Annie Giannini
2008No Award
2007The Articulation of the Multiple Intelligence and Empathic Intelligence Theories in Educational Drama byAbigail Kitt Bigam
2006Exploring Social Responsibility through Playbuilding with Middle School Drama Club Students
by Charlotte E. Harvey, University of Victoria
2004No Award
2003"Imaginative Complicity": Audience Education in Professional Theatre by Monica M. Prendergast
2002No Award
2001Exploring Media Advertising Through Drama with Inner City Students by Diane Conrad
Thesis by Tara Affolter

Distinguished Dissertation/Thesis Award:
2000Nowhere to Hide But Together: A Narrative Case Study of Three Classroom Teachers, a Drama Specialist and Their Supporters Negotiating Toward an Artistic Vision of Teaching Through Drama in an Urban Elementary Schoolby Beth Murray
Susanna Rowson: Early American Dramatist, Actress and Educatorby Wendy Lement
1999Play for Real: Understanding Middle School Children's Dramatic Play (Eleven-Year-Olds, Twelve-Year-Olds, Reality)by Zayda Lucia Sierra
Drama and Self-construction in a Single-Sex School for Girlsby Kathleen Marie Gallagher
1998Directing High School Theater: The Impact of Student Empowerment Strategies and Unconventional Staging Techniques on Actors, Director, and Audienceby Jo Beth Gonzalez
1997Russian Theatre for Young Audiences and the Changes in Ideological Function with Glasnost and Perestroikaby Manon van de Water
1996Profiles of Preservice Theatre Teacher Education Programs at Three American Universitiesby David Dynak

Judith Kase-Cooper Honorary Research Award
2013No Award                                             
2012Johnny Saldana
2011No Award
2010No Award
2009Laura McCammon
2004-2008No Award
2003Jonathan Levy
Anthony "Tony" Jackson
2002No Award
2001John O'Toole
2000No Award
1999Dr. Gavin Bolton
1998Betty Jane Wagner
1996-1997No Award
1995Virginia Glasgow Koste

Research Award
2013                          Global Markets/Global Englishes: Drama and Discourses in Colonial Spaces, by Carmen Medina and Gustave Weltsek
Honorable Mentions:
Theatre Teacher Beliefs About Quality Practice in the Secondary Theatre Classroom: An Ethnographic Study, by Amy Pedersen Jensen and Joan Lazarus
Without Distinction of Age: the Pivotal Roles of Child Actors and their Spectators in Nineteenth-Century Theatre, by Jeanne Klein
2012No Award                                           
2011Lifelong Impact: Adult Perceptions of Their High School Speech and/or Theatre Participation by Johnny Saldana, Laura McCammon, Matt Omasta, and Angela Hines
Dr. Elaine Walker, Dr. Martin Finkelstein, Dr. Lauren McFadden, and Dr. Carmine Tabone
No Award
2003Jeanne Klein
2002No Award
2001Johnny Saldaña
2000No Award
1999Laura A. McCammon with J. David Betts
1997-1998No Award
1996Johnny Saldaña
1995No Award
1994Philip Taylor
Jeanne Klein
1993Laura McCammon
1992Brian Edmiston
Laura McCammon
1991Roberta J. T. Bramwell
1990Victoria Brown
Joe Norris
Kathleen Foreman
1989Robert Rosen
1988Holly Neal Giffin
Robert Colby
1987Nellie McCaslin
Jeanne Klein
1986Jonathan Levy & Martha Mahaud
Jason Bousscau, Judith Delgado & Annette Gourgey
1985Georga Larson Parchem
1984No Award
1983Joyce Wilkinson
Patrick Collins
Barbara Salisbury (now Wills)
1982Helane S. Rosenberg
1981Lou Furman
1980Linaya Leaf
Charles Combs
Lawrence O'Farrell

Awards No Longer Presented

Jennie Heiden Award
1985Empire State Youth Theatre, Albany, NY
1983Poncho Theatre
1982Honolulu Theatre for Youth
1981Metro Theater Circus (now Metro Theater Company)
1980A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)
1979Southern Educational Theatre
1978Periwinkle Productions
1977Marjorie Sigley
1976Sara Spencer
1975Ann Hill
1974Bil Baird Puppets
1973John Clark Donahue
1972The Little Theatre of the Deaf
1971George Latshaw
1970Everyman Players
1969Nellie McCaslin
1968Performing Arts Repertory Theatre, (now THEATREWORKS/USA)
1967Merry Go Round Players
1966Paper Bag Players

Phi Beta Fraternity Award
1985John McCleod, Australia
1984David Johnston, England
1983Joyce Wilkinson, Canada
1982Masaru Kata, Japan
1981No Award
1980Joyce Doolittle, Canada
1979Evelyn Garbary, Canada
1978Roy Stacey, England
1977David Porter and Vivienne Lafferty, England
1976Grigore Pogonat, Canada
1975Gavin Bolton, England
1974Dorothy Heathcote, England
1973Natalia Sats, Russia
1972Giselle Barrette, Canada
1971Dorothy Heathcote, England
1970Robin Howarth, England
1969Robin Howarth, England
1968Beila Lepkin, Israel
1967Elsa Olenious and Major Samzelius, Sweden
1966Niels Sorensen, Denmark
1965No Award
1964Jan Wilkowski and Adam Kilian, Poland
1963Gerald Tyler, England
1962Duncan Ross, England
1961No Award
1960Ruth Gagliardo, USA
1959John Allen, England
1958Dan Lipschutz, Sweden

Walter Peck Memorial Award
1985Kim Wheetley
1984Doug Finney
1983Jerry Proffit
1982Marjorie Dycke
1981No Award
1980Julian Kaufman
1979Anna May Hughes
1978John Baumhardt
1977Ralph Lane
1976William Waack
1975Richard Johnson
1974Nicholas Wandmacher
1973Frank Albright
1972Marcella Oberle
1971Joseph L. Peluso
1970William H. Cleveland
1969John C. Barner
1968Winifred Gahagen
1967Wallace Smith
1966Sister Mary Margaret
1965Robert Teeter, Jr.

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