The Carbonell Awards Announces

Postponement of the April 6 Awards Ceremony

Due to Rising Coronavirus Pandemic


(South Florida – March 13, 2020) Donald R. Walters, Esq., board president of the Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s Theatre & Arts Honors, today announced that the 44th awards ceremony scheduled for April 6 at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has been postponed due to the rising coronavirus pandemic.

“In order to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 Virus,” the City of Lauderhill announced yesterday in a news release that it has suspended “all known public gatherings to include special events, sports leagues/practices, shows, concerts, and City and Non-City Public meetings through the end of April.”

“The Carbonell Awards was very much looking forward to holding our first ceremony at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center,” says Walters. “Our Board of Directors will meet soon and determine when and where we will eventually publicly celebrate some very talented people and companies.”

Several hundred actors, musicians, performers, writers, directors, techies, producers, reviewers, designers, specialty artists, and diehard theater fans are expected to attend the glittery, entertainment-packed event which is South Florida’s version of Broadway’s Tony Awards®.

For the upcoming Carbonell Awards, Palm Beach Dramaworks shows earned a record-breaking 29 nominations overall, the most of any theater in the tri-county region. Zoetic Stage received 20 nominations, the most for any theater in Miami-Dade County, and Slow Burn Theatre Company in Fort Lauderdale earned 12 nominations, the most of any theater in Broward County. Out of more than 80 shows that opened in 2019 at regional theaters, 62 were eligible for nominations.

Another highlight of the Carbonell Awards will be the awarding of the 2020 Jack Zink Memorial Student Scholarships. The selection of recipients is based on talent, experience and demonstrated commitment to the theater. One student from each of three South Florida counties—Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach—will receive scholarships ranging from $1,000-$3,000.


About The Carbonell Awards

Along with New York’s Drama Desk and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonell Awards are among the nation’s senior regional arts awards and predate others including Washington, D.C.’s Helen Hayes Awards. The Carbonell Awards fosters the artistic growth of professional theater in South Florida by celebrating the diversity of our theater artists, providing educational scholarships, and building audience appreciation and civic pride by highlighting achievements of our theater community. Named after Manuel Carbonell, an internationally-renowned sculptor, who designed the original solid bronze and marble award in 1976, each season volunteer panelists and judges choose nominees and recipients from hundreds of shows produced on stages throughout the tri-county area. For more information, visit



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