Sherwood Award

Center Theatre Group's $10,000 Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award for theatre artists is given annually to nurture innovative and adventurous theatre artists working in Los Angeles.

Sherwood Award

The award was originally established by Dorothy Sherwood in 1996 in memory of her husband, Richard E. Sherwood. A former president of LACMA, he was president and then chairman of the Center Theatre Group Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award was renamed in Dorothy’s honor after her death in 2018. This annual award is endowed by the Sherwood family to honor Dee and Dick Sherwoods’ commitment to new work.

Submissions for the 2020 Sherwood Award will be open this spring.

For more information or any questions about the Sherwood Award, please contact Sherwood@ctgla.org.

If we are to have a dynamic theatre expressing the world of the 21st century, we must recognize and nourish the explorative artist, particularly in the struggle of the early years of a career.

Dorothy Sherwood

2019 Sherwood Award Recipient

On January 28, 2019 Center Theatre Group honored Kristina Wong as the 2019 Sherwood Award recipient for her exceptional contribution to the Los Angeles theatre landscape and her work as an innovative and adventurous artist.

Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian, and writer who has been presented internationally across North America, the UK, Hong Kong, and Africa. Most recently, her solo theatre show The Wong Street Journal was presented by the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria. Her commentaries have appeared on American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, VICE, Jezebel, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post, and CNN. She’s been awarded artist residencies from the MacDowell Colony, New York Theatre Workshop, and Ojai Playwrights Festival. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, National Performance Network, and a COLA Master Artist Fellowship from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Her newest performance project is “Kristina Wong for Public Office”—a simultaneous real life campaign for public office and performance art piece. She is the artist-in-residence at the San Diego Airport, where she is exploring the site as a literal purgatory in a border town. She is also currently the artist-in-residence at the Dream Resource Center, working with undocumented immigrants and their allies on an original theatre piece.

This year’s selection process was made possible by a diverse group of external reviewers outside of Center Theatre Group. Christopher Kuhl, a previous Sherwood Award recipient (Lighting Design—2011/2012), was invited to review the first pool of applicants. His insightful feedback as a previous recipient and an established working theatre artist helped to narrow down the pool to 10 semifinalists. The semifinalist applications were then sent to a panel of four accomplished theatre professionals based on their experience and expertise in the Los Angeles community. Their analyses and judicious questions provided the basis for the structure of each interview with the Sherwood Award team. Center Theatre Group would like to thank David Mack (Strategic Director of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and Founder and Strategic Executive Officer of Artist Magnet), Dawn Robinson-Patrick (Program Manager for Ford Theatres), Susan Simpson (Puppeteer and 2002 Sherwood recipient), and Jose Luis Valenzuela (Artistic Director of Los Angeles Theatre Center/Latino Theatre Company) for their time in helping us recognize the next Sherwood Award recipient.

Sherwood Award Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • An individual artist (no groups or teams)
  • A resident of Los Angeles for at least two years
  • An artist who has developed/collaborated on at least two fully produced projects in Los Angeles
  • Emerging in their field and/or at a catalytic moment in their career (which does not reflect the age of the artists, but where they are in the trajectory of their careers)

Sherwood Award priorities:

Competitive candidates will demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Innovative—introducing new ideas; original and creative in thinking
  • Pushing boundaries—extending frontiers, experimenting, challenging the theatrical norm, finding new forms of artistic expression
  • Exceptional talent—the ability to capture the attention of the audience through pure skill and craft, a natural ability or aptitude in the selected field, translating passion and dedication into works of art, etc.
  • Effective communication—theatre artists who can passionately and effectively communicate their point of view and distinct artistic voice.

Sherwood Fellowship

To aid the Sherwood Artistic Programs Coordinator and Center Theatre Group's Artistic Development Program in the administration and coordination of the award process, a professional fellowship is offered to an emerging and aspiring arts professional. In addition to a stipend, the fellow receives a mentorship in contemporary theatre and gains exposure to contemporary work being presented in Los Angeles.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2019 Fellow. Learn more and apply.

To request more information about the Sherwood Fellowship, please e-mail Sherwood@ctgla.org.