Call for nominations for Black British Theatre Awards

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With one month to go until nominations close for the Black British Theatre Awards, West End players have voiced their support. 

Jason Pennycooke (Lafayette/Jefferson in Hamilton) said:

“The BBTAs is a chance to recognise those in the industry that might sometimes be overlooked, because of politics, protocol or subconscious entitlement and privilege.” 

The Black British Theatre Awards is the first ceremony which specifically recognises and celebrates the contributions of Black people in the arts. Categories such as Best Dance Production, Best Teacher of Performing Arts as a subject, among others, all seek to amplify the positivity of talent and creativity in British theatre.  

 “Despite recognition of shows like Hamilton and Nine Nights and people such as Kwame Kwei-Armah, visibility of Black British talent is still relatively poor”,

explained award-winning director Omar F Okai. 

“The British Black Theatre Awards is a positive and exciting way to illuminate this incredible black talent”.

Nominations will remain open until the 2 August 2019   All nominated artists and work must have been staged in a theatre during the period 1 August 2018 to 1 August 2019 and by an affiliate member of the society of London Theatre.

 Nominations for the following categories, are now being encouraged:

·       Body of Work

·       Creatives Group

·       Plays

·       Musicals

·       Achievement Awards.

The full list of all categories can be found at:


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