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Nominations Now Open for the 2016 ICWP 50/50 Applause Award!

In celebration of women playwrights worldwide, the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is accepting nominations for the 50/50 Applause Award for the 2015/16 theatrical season (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) at The nomination window closes May 20, 2016.

The following are highlights of the eligibility requirements.

• At least 50% of the plays produced between July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 are the work of female playwrights

• At least 50% of the total number of performances during that window are the work of female playwrights

• Theatres may not have the development of works by women as their main mission statement

Complete award criteria are available at Please contact us if you need translation assistance.

Everyone is encouraged to nominate any theatre, anywhere in the world, which appears to meet the criteria for the award. Please share this information with your theatre friends and colleagues! The 2015/16 nomination window closes May 20, 2016, and this season's award winners will be announced in September. For more information about the award and previous recipients, go to

Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights is an organization that exists to bring attention to the achievements of women playwrights and to provide a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication. It is the goal of ICWP to enable women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theatres and to receive just recompense for their efforts. When the numbers are no longer tragically skewed against women, we will no longer be needed. We work for that day!

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