Distinguished Career Award

About the Award

The Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Distinguished Career Award is presented annually to a theatre, professional, advocate, administrator or educator who during their career has made outstanding contributions to the theatrical arts field. The award is presented at the annual SETC Convention’s Saturday night Banquet Gala & Awards Ceremony. The recipient presents a keynote address earlier in the day which is open to all SETC Convention attendees.

2020 Award Recipient: North Carolina Black Rep

SETC was pleased to honor North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre as our 2020 Distinguished Career Award Recipient. Jackie Alexander, Artistic Director, presented a keynote address and attended the Saturday night Awards Banquet & Gala at the 71st annual SETC convention, where Alexander was joined by Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin to receive their award.

North Carolina Black Repertory Company

Producers of The National Black Theatre Festival

Mission: To engage, enrich and entertain with innovative programming that resonates across the community and challenges social perceptions.

History: Founded in 1979 by Larry Leon Hamlin, the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep) is the first professional Black theatre company in North Carolina. NC Black Rep is committed to exposing diverse audiences to Black classics, the development and production of new works, improving artistic quality, and sustaining Black theatre internationally. The Company is universally recognized for its artistic and administrative achievements and its international outreach program, the National Black Theatre Festival ® (NBTF). Presented every odd numbered year, the festival hosts upwards of 120 performances, attracts upwards of 65,000 visitors to Winston-Salem, and has contributed over $230 million dollars to the Winston-Salem economy since its inception in 1989.

For additional highlights from the company’s history, please click here.

Past Distinguished Career Award Recipients

  • 1960 – Stark Young
  • 1961 – Charles Coburn
  • 1962 – Fred Coe
  • 1963 – Samuel Selden
  • 1965 – John Mason Brown
  • 1967 – Tennessee Williams
  • 1970 – Bob Porterfield
  • 1971 – Nunnally Johnson
  • 1972 – Roger Stevens
  • 1973 – Marian Galloway
  • 1974 – Ossie Davis
  • 1976 – Melvin Douglas
  • 1977 – Lillian Hellman
  • 1978 – Josh Logan
  • 1979 – John Houseman
  • 1980 – Ellen Stewart
  • 1981 – Jose Ferrar
  • 1982 – Mildred Dunnock
  • 1983 – Mercedes McCambridge
  • 1984 – Zelda Fichandler
  • 1985 – Patrica Zipprodt
  • 1986 – Ben Edwards
  • 1987 – Norris Houghton
  • 1988 – Lloyd Richards
  • 1989 – Zoe Caldwell
  • 1990 – Jerome Lawrence
  • 1991 – Arthur Lessac
  • 1992 – Jose Quintero
  • 1993 – Charles Strouse
  • 1994 – Julie Harris
  • 1996 – Jon Jory
  • 1997 – Stephen Schwartz
  • 1998 – Tharon Musser
  • 1999 – Ming Cho Lee
  • 2000 – Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt
  • 2001 – Edward Albee
  • 2002 – William Ivey Long
  • 2003 – Michael Kahn
  • 2004 – Christopher Durang
  • 2005 – Dixie Carter
  • 2006 – Anne Bogart
  • 2007 – Marsha Norman
  • 2008 – Alliance Theatre of Atlanta
  • 2009 – Eugene Lee
  • 2010 – Judith Malina
  • 2011 – Ben Cameron
  • 2012 – Tony Walton & Richard Pilbrow
  • 2013 – Ken Ludwig
  • 2014 – Terrence Mann
  • 2015 – Ben Vereen
  • 2016 – Pearl Cleage
  • 2017 – Oskar Eustis
  • 2018 – Jane Greenwood
  • 2019 – Muriel Miguel
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