Created in 2007 to encourage, support, and promote emerging theaters in Chicago, the award includes a $5,000 gift, consultation with Broadway In Chicago staff members, and a marketing package that includes advertising support.
The Emerging Theater Award will be presented at the League of Chicago Theatres Annual Gala, May 14 at 5:30pm in the Burnham Ballroom of JW Marriott Chicago. At the event, the League will, as previously reported, also honor Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane as the recipients of the 2012 Tribute Award, and Court Theatre's Artistic Director Charles Newell will receive the Artistic Leadership Award.
Theatre Seven of Chicago produces new and original work that aims to speak directly to the diverse Chicago community. It has produced ten Chicago premieres, hosts Shikaakwa, a free monthly reading series, and is emerging as a premiere center for new play development in Chicago.