The LPTW Gilder/ Coigney International Theatre Award FAQs

Does a candidate need to speak English to be nominated?
No. While all biographies and artistic statements of purpose must be submitted in English, the Committee can usually find a translator for the remainder of materials submitted in support of a non-English-speaking nominee.

My candidate is a novelist, poet, painter, producer, administrator, light designer, etc.  Does that exclude her from consideration?
Not at all. As long as she has a demonstrated commitment to working in theatre, and her body of theatrical work has made an impact, we want to know about her.

I am not an LPTW member but would like to nominate a candidate for the Award.  May I?
Only LPTW members in good standing may submit a nomination. For this reason (as well as all of the additional benefits of membership) we encourage those who are eligible to join LPTW now! If you cannot join at this time, or are ineligible, you may ask a member if she would be willing to get to know and nominate your candidate. If you still need assistance nominating your international theatre artist, please feel free to contact us at

I am inspired by the legacy of Rosamond Gilder and Martha Coigney, as well as the mission of the International Award named for them. How can I donate to make sure this Award has a future?
This Award is only possible through the generous support of LPTW members, friends and others interested in promoting the mission and activities associated with the LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award.  As a 501(c)3 organization, all gifts and donations to LPTW are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. You can donate via Pay Pal, or by sending a check made payable to League of Professional Theatre Women—International Award, c/o TCG, 520 8th Avenue, 24th Floor, NY, NY 10018.  Please note it is necessary that LPTW’s FULL ORGANIZATIONAL NAME be printed on the envelope and that “International Award” be specified on the check. 

What is the actual selection process?
The International Committee receives submissions of nominees from League members, including those on the Committee. The full Committee membership then reads all submission materials, and through a formal review process and scoring system, selects a first round of finalists. Top finalists receive a second round of review with discussion until the winner is agreed upon.

I saw that many of the 2011 nominees came to NYC to participate in the Award ceremony and events. Was their travel sponsored by the League?
We are only able to fund the Award winner’s travel to and accommodation in NYC.  However, nominees who have the ability and resources to attend the award events will be issued a formal letter of invitation to facilitate entry requirements (visas and the like). We will also help them find lodging and assist them with navigating their way around the city, so they can attend Award events during their stay.

Nomination Guidelines              2014 Nomination Form