The Stage Debut Awards are the only awards to recognise breakthrough theatre talent. They will celebrate emerging actors and creatives, from all backgrounds.
"These awards have the power to change everything for the recipients and accelerate their careers." David Grindrod, casting director
1. The Stage critics
The Stage's nationwide network of reviewers will identify actors and creatives making their debuts and put forward recommendations.
2. National assessors
Representatives from across the UK will be sent the critics' longlist and asked for their input.
3. Judging panel
An expert panel will create the shortlist and decide the winners.
4. The public vote
The West End debut shortlist will be decided by the judging panel. The shortlist will then be put to a public vote.
Best Actor in a Play
Best Actress in a Play
Best Actor in a Musical
Best Actress in a Musical
Best West End Debut
To be eligible for The Stage Debut Awards you must meet the following conditions:
September 2016 to June 2017
The Stage critics submit recommendations for nominees.
National assessors give input.
September 17, 2017
The Stage Debut Awards Ceremony.
Judging panel meets.
Shortlist announced and Best West End Debut category opened to public vote.
The Stage Debut Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday September 17, 2017 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
The Stage Debut Awards is part of The Stage Supports, a series of groundbreaking interventions launched by The Stage with a range of industry partners, all with one aim: to nurture on and offstage talent in theatre and the performing arts.
The Stage Supports Ambassadors
David Grindrod, casting director for Disney's Beauty and the Beast and West End productions of School of Rock and Sunset Boulevard, is the first The Stage Supports Ambassador and will be involved in the judging process for The Stage Debut Awards.
Alan Bates Award
This prestigious award is run by The Actors Centre, in association with The Stage Supports, and recognises the best drama school graduate every year. This year it will be presented at The Stage Debut Awards 2017.
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