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MISSION

Azuka Theatre strengthens the connection and shared humanity among its diverse audiences by giving voice to the people whose stories go unheard.

HISTORY

Located in Philadelphia, Azuka Theatre was founded in 1999 by a group of young artists participating in the Arden Theatre Company’s nationally recognized Professional Apprentice Program.
Azuka Theatre has built a reputation for accessible, thought-provoking and socially conscious theater and been hailed as “a company to watch” and a “major player on the Philadelphia alternative theatre scene’” by Philadelphia Weekly.

AWARDS / NOMINATIONS

Time Out Philadelphia's Love Philadelphia Awards:

  • Most Loved Culture Spot (2018)

Bonaly Reviews "Suryas":

  • Excellent Overall Production
    Excellent Performance - Alice Yorke
    for The Gap (2018)

Barrymore Award:

  • Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play/Musical - The Gap by Emma Goidel
    Bauder Audio Award for Outstanding Sound Desgin - Michael Kiley for The Gap (2018)

  • June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater (2016)

  • Outstanding Sound Design -- Christopher Colucci
    for The Long Christmas Ride Home (2009)

  • Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical -- Kim Carson
    for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2007)

Barrymore Nominations:

  • Outstanding Overall Production of a Play - The Gap
    Outstanding Direction of a Play - Rebecca Wright
    for The Gap
    Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play - Brandi Burgess
    for Mrs. Harrison
    Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play - Danielle Lenee
    for Mrs. Harrison
    Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play - Jaime Maseda
    for The Gap
    Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play - Alice Yorke
    for The Gap
    Outstanding Scenic Design - Kevin Meehan
    for Ready Steady Yeti Go
    Outstanding Media Design - Jorge Cousineau
    for The Gap
    Outstanding Ensemble in a Play - The Gap
    Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play/Musical - Mrs. Harrison by R. Eric Thomas
    Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award - The Gap (2018)

  • Outstanding Original Music - Andrew Nelson
    for The Arsonists (2017)

  • Outstanding Scenic Design - Sara Outing
    Outstanding Sound Design - Lucas Fendlay
    for How We Got On (2016)

  • Earl Girls Award for Outstanding Lighting Design -- Alyssandra Docherty
    Clear Sound Award for Outstanding Sound Design -- Damien Figueras
    for Moth (2016

  • Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award
    for Speech & Debate (2015)

  • Outstanding Set Design -- Dirk Durossette
    for Skin & Bone (2014)

  • June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater (2014)

  • June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater (2013)

  • Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play
    for the terrible girls, by Jacqueline Goldfinger (2011)

  • Outstanding Sound Design -- Christopher Colucci,
    Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play -- Keith J. Conallen
    for The Long Christmas Ride Home (2009)

  • Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical,
    Outstanding Direction of a Musical -- Kevin Glaccum,
    Outstanding Musical Direction -- Troy Herion,
    Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical -- Dito van Reigersberg
    for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2007)

  • Best Actress in a Play - - Mary Martello
    for The Boys (2006)

  • Outstanding New Play
    for An Artist’s Workshop (2004)

Philadelphia Gay News’ LAMBDA Award:

  • Outstanding Arts Event (Azuka’s first production)
    La Rue des Faux (1999)