Alan Schneider Award Overview


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The
Alan Schneider Director Award was established in honor of Alan Schneider's significant contribution to theatre in the U.S. and his lifelong commitment to the development of career opportunities for freelance directors.

The award is designed to identify and assist exceptionally talented mid-career freelance directors whose achievements have been demonstrated through work in specific U.S. regions or territories, but who may not be known more widely or recognized nationally.

To learn more about nominee eligibility and selection criteria visit Eligibility & Selection Process.

Award Benefits

The recipient receives $7,500 which may be used for travel, research or other activities specifically focused on the development of their directing craft and career.

Who was Alan Schneider?


Samuel Beckett and Alan Schneider

A prolific director and mentor, Alan Schneider was responsible for over one hundred productions in U.S. theatre, introducing audiences to playwrights such as Samuel Beckett (Schneider directed the 1956 U.S. premiere of Waiting for Godot); Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?); Michael Weller (Moonchildren and Loose Ends); Harold Pinter (The Birthday Party, The Dumb Waiter and The Collection); and Bertolt Brecht (The Caucasian Chalk Circle). Schneider taught at Catholic University, the Juilliard School, and the University of California at San Diego; was associated with Arena Stage for thirty years; was the co-artistic director of the Acting Company; and at the time of his death was the president of the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

Eligibility and Selection

Please find Alan Schneider Director Award nominee eligibility and selection criteria below. Refer to Nomination & Application for guidelines on the nomination and application process.


Nominee Eligibility

Only nominated candidates may apply for the Alan Schneider Director Award. Eligible nominees must be:

  • Freelance, mid-career theatre directors with a commitment to work in the not-for profit professional theatre;
  • Able to illustrate a history of continual freelance work as a director within a specific U.S. region or territory;
  • Able to show their commitment to freelance directing. Artistic directors are not eligible, but other artists who hold full-time positions within artistic organizations are eligible.

Selection Process & Criteria

The Alan Schneider Director Award recipient is chosen by an independent selection panel of theatre professionals from across the U.S. Nominees interested in applying will be asked to submit material describing the nature of their work and their artistic goals. All materials, including the nominee’s application, letters of recommendation and the original nomination form, will be forwarded to a preliminary panel, which will choose the finalists to be interviewed.


In choosing the recipient, the panelists will consider the following set of criteria:

  • A clearly defined artistic voice;
  • Directing skills, talent and professional experience;
  • Potential for future excellence;
  • Clear and appropriate use of funds;
  • Commitment to a career as a freelance director in the not-for-profit professional theatre;
  • Need for national visibility provided by the award.
  • The award will be presented during the TCG National Conference on June 4 - 6, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ. The recipient must be present at the Conference to receive the award. The recipient will receive $7,500 which may be used for travel, research or other activities specifically focused on the development of their directing craft and career.

If you have any questions, please contact Joshua Smalley, artistic & international programs associate, at jsmalley@tcg.org.




Nomination and Application

Please Note: The information on this page refers to the 2020 Alan Schneider Director Award, which is no longer accepting nominations and/or applications. At this time, the next available award has not been announced. To receive updates on future application cycles, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

 

Please find guidelines on the nomination and application process for the Alan Schneider Director Award below. Refer to the Timeline for deadlines and required meetings.

Nomination [FOR REFERENCE ONLY]

Nominations are welcome from any professional in the arts (or related fields) who has a working knowledge of a theatre director's role and responsibilities. Please consider the nominee eligibility and selection criteria (read here) before selecting a candidate. Nominators are limited to submitting one nomination.

To nominate a director, please fill out the Online Nomination Form by December 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time: CLICK HERE to access the Online Nomination Form

Application [FOR REFERENCE ONLY]

Only nominated candidates may apply for the Alan Schneider Director Award. Please find the steps in the application process below. If you have any questions, including accessibility needs, please contact Joshua Smalley, artistic & international programs associate, at jsmalley@tcg.org.

Step 1: A director is nominated through the Online Nomination Form.

Step 2: Eligible nominees will be contacted by TCG after the nomination deadline (December 10, 2019) and asked to indicate their intent to apply by email. Interested nominees will be invited to submit materials through an online application.

Step 3: Nominees interested in applying must ask two theatre professionals other than their nominators to provide recommendation letters (one to two pages each). The recommender must submit their letter via email to Joshua Smalley, TCG artistic and international programs associate, at jsmalley@tcg.org. Two recommendation letters are required to apply for the award and must be received by January 31, 2020 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.

Step 4: Nominees interested in applying must submit application materials by January 31, 2020 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.



Timeline

Please Note: The information on this page refers to the 2020 Alan Schneider Director Award, which is no longer accepting nominations and/or applications. At this time, the next available award has not been announced. To receive updates on future application cycles, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

Please note the nomination and application deadlines below. Only nominated candidates may apply for the Alan Schneider Director Award and the recipient must be present at the 2020 TCG National Conference in Phoenix, AZ to receive the award.

2020 Award Timeline

Nomination Deadline

December 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Application/Letter of Recommendation Deadline

January 31, 2020 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Notification of Applicants

Week of April 13, 2020

Required Finalist Interviews (via video conference)

Week of April 20, 2020

Notification of Finalists

Week of April 27, 2020

TCG National Conference

June 4-6, 2020



Funder

A prolific director and mentor, Alan Schneider was responsible for over one hundred productions in U.S. theatre, introducing audiences to playwrights such as Samuel Beckett (Schneider directed the 1956 U.S. premiere of Waiting for Godot); Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?); Michael Weller (Moonchildren and Loose Ends); Harold Pinter (The Birthday Party, The Dumb Waiter and The Collection); and Bertolt Brecht (The Caucasian Chalk Circle). Schneider taught at Catholic University, the Juilliard School, and the University of California at San Diego; was associated with Arena Stage for thirty years; was the co-artistic director of the Acting Company; and at the time of his death was the president of the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

 

Following his death in a 1984 London traffic accident, the Alan Schneider Memorial Fund was established by TCG, the Acting Company and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Proceeds from the Fund go to the Alan Schneider Director Award, which provides national visibility to the recipient as well as a grant to support activities specifically tied to the development of the craft of directing.

 

Contact

For more information on the Alan Schneider Director Award, please contact Joshua Smalley, TCG artistic & international programs associate, at jsmalley@tcg.org.