Lucille Lortel Awards
Awarded forExcellence in Off-Broadway theatre
CountryUnited States
Presented bythe League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers
First awarded1986; 38 years ago (1986)

The Lucille Lortel Awards recognize excellence in New York Off-Broadway theatre.[1] The Awards are named for Lucille Lortel, an actress and theater producer, and have been awarded since 1986.[1][2] They are produced by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation, with additional support from the Theatre Development Fund.[1]

Other awards for off-Broadway theatre (although not necessarily exclusive to off-Broadway theatre) include the Drama League Award, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Drama Desk Awards and the Obie Awards, as well as the Henry Hewes Design Awards presented by the American Theatre Wing.

Voting committee

The voting committee is composed of representatives from the Off-Broadway League, Actors' Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, as well as theatre journalists, academics, and other Off-Broadway professionals.[3]


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The awards ceremony for the 2008–2009 season was held on May 3, 2009, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel (New York City); the nominations were announced on April 2.[4]

The nominations for the 2009–2010 season were announced on April 1, 2010, and the winners were announced at a ceremony on May 2, 2010, held at Terminal 5 in New York City.[5]

The nominations for the 2010–2011 season were announced on March 31, 2011, and the winners were announced on May 1, 2011, at the NYU Skirball Center, with hosts Zach Braff and Samantha Bee.[6] Special Awards were given to Lynne Meadow (Lifetime Achievement Award); Gary Glaser (Service to Off-Broadway Award); Gatz – Produced by The Public Theater (Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience).

The nominees for the 2011–2012 season were announced on March 29, 2012; the award ceremony was held on May 6, 2012, at the Skirball Center with host Mario Cantone.[7] Special (non-competitive) awards were announced: Richard Frankel (Lifetime Achievement Award); Richard Foreman (Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee); Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) (Service to Off-Broadway Award); and Voca People – Produced by Doron Lida, Revital Kalfo, Leeorna Solomons and Eva Price (Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience).[8]

The awards for the 2012–2013 season were announced on May 5, 2013, with hosts Aasif Mandvi and Maura Tierney. Special Awards were presented to: Todd Haimes, Lifetime Achievement Award; Neil LaBute, Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee; Theatre Development Fund, Outstanding Body of Work Award; and Old Hats by Bill Irwin and David Shiner, Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience.[9]

The awards for the 2013–2014 season were announced on May 4, 2014, with hosts Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. Special Awards were presented to: producer Robyn Goodman, Lifetime Achievement Award and Richard Nelson, Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee.[3]

The award nominations for the 2014–15 season were announced on April 2, 2015. Special Awards were given to Terrence McNally (Lifetime Achievement Award), Jeanine Tesori (Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee) and general manager Nancy Nagel Gibb (Edith Oliver Service to Off-Broadway Award).[10] The winners were announced on May 10, 2015, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Anna Chlumsky hosting.[11]

Award categories

Awards are given in the following categories:

Until the 2014 awards, the Lead Actor/Actress and Featured Actor/Actress awards encompassed both plays and musicals. The categories were split beginning in 2014.[13]

Award winners in key categories

Outstanding Play

Outstanding Musical

Lifetime Achievement Awards (non-competitive)

See also


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  2. ^ Greene, Alexis (2004-07-01). Lucille Lortel: the queen of Off Broadway. Limelight Editions. ISBN 0-87910-302-7.
  3. ^ a b Hetrick, Adam. "'Fun Home', 'Here Lies Love', 'Buyer & Cellar' Win Lortel Awards" Archived 2014-05-08 at the Wayback Machine May 4, 2014
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew (2009-05-03). "Ruined, Fela!, Our Town and Humor Abuse Among Lucille Lortel Award Winners". Playbill. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  5. ^ "Urie, Ivey, Orphans, Scottsboro & More Win 2010 Lortel Awards". 2010-05-03. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth." 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson', 'Chad Deity', 'Angels', Borle, Metcalf Are Lortel Winners", May 1, 2011
  7. ^ Jones, Kenneth and Hetrick, Adam. "Once, Sons of the Prophet, Sanaa Lathan, Sam Gold Among 2012 Lortel Award Winners" Archived 2012-05-12 at the Wayback Machine, May 7, 2012
  8. ^ Hetrick, Adam. Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced; 'Once' and 'Tribes' Lead the Pack" Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine, March 29, 2012
  9. ^ Hetrick, Adam. Dogfight, The Whale and The Piano Lesson Are Lortel Award Winners" Archived 2013-06-05 at the Wayback Machine, May 5, 2013
  10. ^ " 'Hamilton', 'The Nether', 'Into the Woods' Earn Lortel Award Nominations", April 2, 2015
  11. ^ Staff. "'Hamilton' Breaks Record With Most Lortel Wins", May 10, 2015
  12. ^ Rickwald, Bethany (February 2, 2017). "Lynn Nottage and William Ivey Long Among 2017 Lucille Lortel Award Honorees". TheaterMania. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  13. ^ Hetrick, Adam (April 1, 2014). "Here Lies Love, Fun Home and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Lead Lortel Award Nominations". Playbill. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  14. ^ "Recipients by Category". The Lucille Lortel Awards. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  15. ^ a b Evans, Greg (2024-05-06). "Tony-Nominated 'Stereophonic' Actor Eli Gelb And 'Hell's Kitchen' Actress Kecia Lewis Win Lucille Lortel Awards – Complete List". Deadline. Retrieved 2024-05-18.