The Ruth Foreman Award

ruthforemanEstablished in 2000, and named after pioneer theater director and producer Ruth Foreman, to recognize contributions to South Florida theater development by an individual or group, for singular achievement and/or career contributions.




carimg61The Naked Stage for their annual event, The 24-Hour Theatre Project.    Two of The Naked Stage co-founders Antonio Amadeo and Katherine Amadeo, who also produce The 24-Hour Theatre Project, accepted the award on behalf of their company.

  • The 24-Hour Theatre Project began in 2007 when Naked Stage co-founders John Manzelli, Katherine Amadeo and Antonio Amadeo were looking for a creative way to fund-raise and bring together the theater community.  Modeled on the 24 Hour Plays in New York, eight playwrights gather on a Sunday night at 7 p.m. and choose a director and four actors from a hat.  They then choose a title from a pre-written list, and spend the night writing a short play.  The next morning the actors and directors arrive and produce each play, which is performed that night.  “Not knowing quite what to expect, we asked nearly 50 of the region’s top artists (actors, directors, playwrights) to donate 24 hours of their time, and couldn’t believe our luck when, not only did they say yes, but were enthusiastic about the project,” said Katherine Amadeo.  “That first year ended up being pure (chaotic) magic, and we realized we had something wonderfully special on our hands.”

2013:  GableStage, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Stratford-on-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Company, and New York’s Public Theater for their collaboration on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

  • This year, the Ruth Foreman Award will recognize GableStage in Coral Gables, playwright and Miami native Tarell Alvin McCraney, Stratford-on-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Company, and New York’s Public Theater,  for their collaboration on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.  McCraney, who is playwright in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed and penned this new adaptation, which is set in Haiti.  The production was first mounted in London, then traveled to GableStage, where it drew paying audiences to Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre and also was performed free of charge for thousands of Miami-Dade public school children, before playing New York’s Public Theatre.  The collaboration was a monumental undertaking, which brought renewed attention to the growing South Florida theatre scene and illustrates the high caliber of work that can be achieved by creating unique partnerships between international arts organizations.


  • actorsequityActors’ Equity Association, the union that represents professional stage actors and stage managers across the U.S.,  received the Ruth Foreman Award in recognition of 100 years representing professional American theater on the occasion of their centennial.


2011:  not awarded


  • Celebrating twenty years of live, performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. BCPA

2009:  not awarded

2008:  not awarded

2007: Michael Hall

  • MichaelHallCaldwell Theatre Company’s Artistic and Managing Director Michael Hall is a previous George Abbott Award recipient and is recognized for the 2007 opening of the 30,000 square-foot Count de Hoernle Theatre which provides the region’s oldest continuously operating resident professional company with a new home offering 333 seats, a proscenium stage and leading technology. Hall co-founded the Boca Raton-based company 33 years ago with Frank Bennett and has won six Best Director Carbonell Awards.   The Ruth Foreman Award honors those in the South Florida theater community who have made significant contributions to the development of theater.

2006:  not awarded


  • No awards presented in any categories. Program migrates from autumn to spring ceremony, with annual eligibility year moving from Labor Day to New Year’s Eve.  Awards moved from November 2005 to April 2006.


  • lawrencebarbarasteinChairman of the board, and Executive Producer, respectively, of the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.







  • DottyWillisPresident and producer of Tamarac’s White-Willis Theatre company (renamed the Tamarac Theatre of the Performing Arts). The troupe began in the early 1980′s as the Wo/Man’s Showcase, a grass roots company that gave starts to numerous performers and designers who went on to regional, national and international acclaim.



  • themensemble_logoFounded in 1971 by T.G. Cooper and run for nearly three decades by Pat Williams and Shirley Richardson, The M Ensemble is Florida’s oldest Black theater company. It has consistently provided a cultural showcase for the Black experience and for the development of regional artists.



  • McArt, an award-winning actress, is the founder/producer of The Royal Palm Dinner Theatre, Bogdanoff, who died earlier this year, was the theater’s resident director for over 20 years. Like Foreman herself, they provided professional development opportunities for more than a generation of South Florida resident performers, designers and other creative artists.


  • vinnettecarrolllkbhf-660Vinnette Carroll, founder & artistic director; Tony Thompson, managing director and Jerry Campbell, company manager, for significant contributions to the development of South Florida’s regional theater community.