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Douglas Turner Ward Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Douglas Turner Ward, A Soldier's Play

Drama Desk Awards - 1969 - Outstanding Performance

Douglas Turner Ward, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men

Drama Desk Awards - 1966 - Best Playwright

Douglas Turner Ward , Day of Absence/Happy Ending

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The Negro Ensemble Company to Premiere MECCA IS BURNING at Harlem Schoool Of The Arts In August

From August 10 to 26, the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC), in conjunction with their residency at Penn Live Arts, will perform the world premiere of 'Mecca Is Burning' at Harlem School of the Arts.

Tatiana Wechsler, Kaliswa Brewster & More to Star in THREE SISTERS AFTER CHEKHOV Reading at The Acting Company

The Acting Company has announced the complete cast for the reading of Mustapha Matura's new play Three Sisters After Chekhov. This is a part of the Reading Series in honor of The Acting Company's 50th anniversary. 

The Robey Theatre Company Presents A Paul Robeson 125th Birthday Celebration, April 9

The Robey Theatre Company is inspired by Paul Robeson, the Black social activist, humanitarian, actor, singer and athlete. On Sunday, April 9, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., The Robey will celebrate the man, his accomplishments, and his legacy on the occasion of Paul Robeson's 125th birthday.

Photos: The Drama League Announces The Irene Gandy Stage Directing Assistantships

The Drama League’s Bonnie Comley, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, and Bevin Ross announced the campaign to rename The Drama League Stage Directing Assistantships program to The Irene Gandy Directing Assistantships. Check out photos from the event here!

Review: AIN'T NO MO' at Woolly Mammoth

What did our critic think of AIN'T NO MO' at Woolly Mammoth?Thanks to Barack Obama's presidency but, alas, because of Rachel Dolezal's wannabe caper, American drama requires some updated, Black-originated satire; Jordan E. Cooper obliges with Ain't No Mo', his 100 minute whupping of white privilege, supremacy, and presumptive cultural majority at Woolly Mammoth through October 9. Cooper follows the late Douglas Turner Ward and George C. Wolfe whose Day of Absence (1965) and The Colored Museum (1986) lampooned white dominance with comedy both uproarious and bitter, and so does this show. It's good to have the real, live, three-dimensional exchange that only theatre provides. No disrespect, Dear White People, Get Out, Sorry to Bother You, and the canon of Spike Lee.

HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED Comes to Evans Auditorium Next Month

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration (BLPC), Artistic Director Eugene Lee will perform August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned, Sept. 8-23, in support of the newly established endowment fund.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center Announces The 2022 First Move Playwrights Festival

Bishop Arts Theatre Center has announced four exciting new plays to be featured in the First Move Playwrights Festival from July 16th - 24th, 2022.

HARMONY, ASSASSINS & More Win 2022 Off Broadway Alliance Awards

The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, today announced the winners of the 11th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 season.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO, HARMONY & More Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Awards

The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 11th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 season. 

Britton & The Sting, Irene Gandy and More Complete the Lineup for TEDxBroadway TEN

 The TEDxBroadway TEN stage is now set as organizers today revealed the final speakers rounding out the complete lineup for the milestone event being held Tuesday, May 17 at 1pm Eastern. 

The Negro Ensemble & Penn Live Arts Set New Residency For 2022-23 Season

Penn Live Arts (PLA) and the Tony and Obie Award-winning Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) have announced a new residency that brings together one of the most important Black theatre producers in the United States and the University of Pennsylvania's nexus of the performing arts, two legacy organizations that share a mission of advancing innovative, contemporary theatre.

Ars Nova to Honor Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu and Steven Levenson at Nova Ball

Ars Nova will honor writers Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu (Pass Over) and Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen, FX’s Fosse/Verdon, Netflix’s tick, tick…boom!), at Nova Ball, Ars Nova’s annual benefit.

Fred Gallo, Irene Gandy, Beverly Jenkins & New Federal Theatre Will Receive 2020 Tony Honors

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that they will present the 2020 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre to four outstanding contributors to the Broadway industry - Fred Gallo, President of PRG Scenic Technologies; Broadway press agent Irene Gandy; stage manager Beverly Jenkins and New Federal Theatre, Woodie King, Jr. Founder.

Virtual Theatre This Week: June 14-20, 2021- with Rita Moreno, Kerry Butler, and More!

This week (June 14-20) in live streaming: Rita Moreno visits Backstage Live, Show of Titles on demand, a Kerry Butler master class, a Guys and Dolls reunion, and so much more!

Negro Ensemble Company Founder Douglas Turner Ward Passes Away at 90

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that playwright, actor, director, and theatrical producer Douglas Turner Ward has passed away. He was 90 years old.

Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad and More Announced as Special Guests for New Federal Theatre Gala

At New Federal Theatre's 50th Anniversary Gala Sunday January 17, special guests will include Debbie Allen, Trazana Beverly, Mya Carter, Patrice Johnson Cevannes, Debbi Blackwell Cook, D.K. Dyson, Joseph Edwards, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Ted Lange, Pauletta Washington, Kevin Maynor, S. Epatha Merskerson, Phylicia Rashad and more.

DeWanda Wise and Alano Miller Join Roster of Stars as Co-Hosts of New Federal Theatre Gala

DeWanda Wise, star of the Netflix series 'She'd Gotta Have It,' and her husband, Alano Miller, best known for the WGN America drama series 'Underground,' will join Ted Lange as co-hosts of New Federal Theatre's '50th Anniversary Virtual Gala' January 17, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  

Phylicia Rashad, Cliff Frazier, Ron Himes and More to be Honored at New Federal Theatre 50th Anniversary Virtual Gala

New Federal Theatre will hold a 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration as a virtual event January 17, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Gala will be accessible from the theater's website, and will honor Cliff Frazier, Ron Himes, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ed Pitt, Phylicia Rashad, Oz Scott, Beth Turner, Glynn Turman and Douglas Turner Ward.  

San Diego's Premiere Black Theatre, Common Ground Theatre, Announces 2020-21 Season

San Diego's premiere Black theatre, Common Ground Theatre, is proud to announce its 2020-21 season, filled with virtual and outdoor performances around the theme of “Raising Our Consciousness to a Higher Level.” In partnership with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Common Ground Theatre's season seeks to provide a “common ground” for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to participate, interact, connect and share their love of theatre.

Congo Square Theatre Company Announces 2020-2021 Season

Congo Square Theatre Company one of the nation's premier African American theatres, has announced its full 21st Season of programming for 2020-2021.


Douglas Turner Ward has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Douglas Turner Ward has not appeared in the West End

Douglas Turner Ward has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on "A Soldier's Play." Additionally, he received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for his role in "The River Niger." Ward was also nominated for Outstanding Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for his performance in "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men." Lastly, he received a nomination for Best Playwright at the Drama Desk Awards for his plays "Day of Absence" and "Happy Ending."

Douglas Turner Ward has won the Outstanding Performance award at the Drama Desk Awards for his work in "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men". He has also won the Best Playwright award at the Drama Desk Awards for his plays "Day of Absence" and "Happy Ending".

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