|Drama Desk Award|
|Awarded for||Excellence in theatre|
|Presented by||Drama Desk|
The Drama Desk Award, created in 1955, is an award recognizing shows produced off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, and for legitimate not-for-profit theaters, in addition to Broadway productions. Theatre (or theater, see spelling differences) is the branch of the Performing arts defined by Bernard Beckerman as what "occurs when one The Drama Desk Award, created in 1955, is an award which recognizes shows produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-off-Broadway, and The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City. Off-Off-Broadway refers to theatrical productions including plays, musicals or Performance art pieces performed in New York City in smaller theatres A non-profit organization ( abbreviated "NPO" also "not-for-profit" is a legally constituted Organization whose objective is to support or engage Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located Previously there had been only the Tony Awards, which focused solely on Broadway shows, ignoring the hundreds of other productions mounted in New York City each year. The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American Theatre and are presented The City of New York
Originally the Vernon Rice Awards in honor of theater critic Vernon Rice of the New York Post, the name was changed in 1963. The New York Post is the 13th-oldest Newspaper published in the United States and generally acknowledged as the oldest to have been published continually In its earliest years, a minimal number of prizes were awarded, but there now are as many categories as there are for the Tonys. The Drama Desk is composed of theatre critics, writers and editors; chairperson of the current Nominating Committee is Barbara Siegel (TalkinBroadway. com, TheaterMania. com).
The Drama Desk Awards have proven to be the first step towards stardom for numerous theatrical luminaries, including Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Sada Thompson, Jose Quintero, and Dustin Hoffman. Edward Franklin Albee III ( "AWL-bee" born March 12 1928 is a three time Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright known for works including Wendy Wasserstein ( October 18 1950 – January 30 2006) was an American Playwright and an Andrew Dickson White George Campbell Scott (October 18 1927 - September 22 1999 was an American stage and film Actor, director, and producer. Stacy Keach (born Walter Stacy Keach Jr on June 2, 1941 in Savannah Georgia) is an American Actor and Narrator Sada Thompson (born September 27, 1929) is an award-winning American stage, Film and Television Actress Jose Quintero could refer to José Agustín Quintero, (1829–1885 journalist lawyer poet and revolutionary José Quintero, (1924-1999 Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8 1937 His brother Ronald is a lawyer and economist Off-Broadway productions such as Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias, and The Boys in the Band were propelled to international recognition based on their wins. Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same title for Warner Brothers. Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling, is a 1987 off-Broadway play, made into a movie in 1989 The Boys in the Band is a play by Mart Crowley. The Off-Broadway production directed by Robert Moore, opened on April 14
The Drama Desk Awards ceremony is held annually at LaGuardia Concert Hall of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Lincoln Center. Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, also officially known as "H The nominations for 2007-08 were announced on April 28, 2008 and the ceremony was held on May 18, 2008.