About Us

As creators of theater for young and family audiences throughout the country, we acknowledge and honor the moral responsibility that comes with this platform and privilege. If we are to create a better world for young people to become inclusive, anti-racist, empathetic members of society, then we must do better now. 

TheaterWorksUSA stands in solidarity with communities of color and against the racial inequities they have endured for centuries. To the Black artists, staff, students, children, parents, educators and audiences in our community: We see you. We hear you. We are with you in the fight for justice. Without a doubt, black lives matter.

We renew our commitment to reject and denounce racism of any kind and to use our voices to demand – and shape – a more equitable and just society. We know we have work to do within our organization to reinforce our guiding principles, practices, and policies around diversity and inclusion. We know we have work to do in supporting more artists of color and providing meaningful connection with our audiences. We know we have work to do in producing more stories that challenge us all to create a better world. We know we have work to do, and we are committed to doing it.  We want our actions to speak louder than words alone. We will hold ourselves accountable and, if we fall short, we will listen and keep striving to improve.

As we continue to educate ourselves, we implore our non-Black community members to seek out resources that support their own anti-racist learning as well. Examples of organizations who are providing essential education for parents and teachers around implicit racial bias include WeStories and Teaching Tolerance. The National Museum of African American History and Culture also offers guidance and tools to inspire and facilitate conversation about race. We hope you will join us in taking action to create a more just society.

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Children and Youth

We inspire and empower children and youth with entertaining and enlightening content that encourages a positive, inclusive worldview.

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Educators

We think learning can be fun.  So we help expand the portfolio of dynamic teacher resources that deepen classroom curricula and reinforce the Four Cs of 21st Century Learning: Creativity; Critical Thinking; Communication; and Collaboration.

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Parents and Families

We produce high caliber, engaging theater that fosters an appreciation for the art form amongst expansive audiences, giving all generations something to enjoy.

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Artists

We support creative and performing artists in their continued professional development, providing platforms for creative expression at any phase in someone’s career.

Awards, Honors & Recognitions

2018

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Nomination: Off-Broadway Alliance Award
PETE THE CAT

Best Family Show

 
 

2017

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Nomination: Drama Desk Award
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Outstanding Musical
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Nomination: Drama Desk Award
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Outstanding Revival of a Play
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Nomination: Drama Desk Award
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Outstanding Book of a Musical, Joe Tracz
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Nomination: Drama Desk Award
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, George Salazar
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Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, George Salazar

2016

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Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Outstanding Musical
 
 

2015

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Nomination: Off-Broadway Alliance Award
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Best Family Show
 
 

2014

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Nomination: Off-Broadway Alliance Award
THE CIVIL WAR
Best Family Show
 
 

2013

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Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award
SKIPPYJON JONES
Outstanding Musical
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Nomination: Off-Broadway Alliance Award
BUNNICULA
Best Family Show
 

2011

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Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award
WE THE PEOPLE
Outstanding Musical
 
 

2010

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WINNER: Hidden Heroes Award
TWUSA
Andrew Goodman Foundation
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Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award
CLICK, CLACK, MOO
Original Musical

2008

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Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award
SEUSSICAL
Outstanding Revival
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Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award
SEUSSICAL
Outstanding Choreographer
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Nomination: Drama League Award
SEUSSICAL
Outstanding Revival of a Musical

2005

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Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award
JUNIE B. JONES
Outstanding Musical
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Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award
SEUSSICAL
Outstanding Choreographer
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Nomination: Drama Desk Award
CAM JANSEN
Outstanding Book of a Musical

2000

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WINNER: Medal of Honor
TWUSA
The Actors Fund
 
 

1998

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WINNER: William M. Dawson Award
TWUSA
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
 
 

1996

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WINNER: Drama Desk Special Award
TWUSA
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WINNER: Lucille Lortel Special Award
TWUSA
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WINNER: Straw Hat Award
THE COLOR OF JUSTICE
Best Play

1984

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WINNER: Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Award
PLAY TO WIN
Outstanding Musical Creator
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COMMISSION: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
LADY LIBERTY
Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration
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REPRESENTATIVE: U.S.
Louisiana World Exposition
World Festival of Theater for Young Audiences

1983

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WINNER: Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award
TWUSA
American Alliance for Theatre & Education
 
 

1975

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WINNER: Lin Wright Special Recognition Award
FREEDOM TRAIN
American Alliance for Theatre & Education