Sara Spencer Child Drama Award

About the Award

The Sara Spencer Child Drama Award recognizes the work of an individual or organization for dynamic and engaging work for young people. Nominees can excel in such areas as playwriting, performance, audience development, curriculum development, funding, scholarship, community programs, research, television programming, creative drama or other enrichment programs at their community, state, regional or national level.

This award honors children’s theatre pioneer and founder of the Children’s Theatre Press (now the Anchorage Press) Sara Spencer. Spencer was the first recipient of SETC’s Suzanne M. Davis Award in 1965.


Now accepting nominations for the 2020 Sara Spencer Child Drama Award! 

Nomination Deadline: Nov. 30, 2019 @ 5 p.m. ET

2019 Award Recipient

Cookeville Children’s Theatre

Pictured (left to right): Spencer Award Chair Jeremy Kisling, CCT Artistic Director Jennifer Welch, CCT Education Director Cade T. Smith. Photo by Caitie McMekin.

Cookeville Children’s Theatre (TN) is committed to providing artistically excellent theatrical productions that foster creativity, self-discovery, critical thinking, peer collaboration, social interaction, and moral character development in young people, while engaging the audience and the Upper Cumberland community through outstanding performances, education, and community outreach programs.

Rhonda Wilson, Star Center Children’s Theatre
Jeremy Kisling
Appalachian Young People’s Theatre
Kim Wheetley
Brenda May Ito
Gayle Sergel
The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America
Betsy Bisson
South Carolina Children’s Theatre
Gainesville Theatre Alliance: WonderQuest
Theatre IV
Judith Kase-Polisini
Stage One: Louisville Children’s Theatre
NC Theatre for Young People
Al Cohen
Roger Bedard
Barbara Britton
Tom Behm
Ann Hill
Orlin Corey
Birmingham Children’s Theatre
Patricia Whitton
Elizabeth Rike
Lexington Children’s Theatre
The Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of South Alabama
Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre
The Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Youth Theatre
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte


For more information, contact Sara Spencer Child Drama Award Nominations Chair Jeremy Kisling.