The APAP Honors

APAPNYC 2017 Awards Ceremony Babba Chuck by Adam Kissick/APAP

About The APAP Honors

The APAP Honors celebrates and recognizes trailblazers and visionaries of the performing arts field. For more than five decades, the coveted awards were presented annually as part of the APAP Awards Ceremony traditionally held at the annual APAP|NYC conference. The APAP Honors will feature the APAP Awards, the Annual NAPAMA Awards, and for the first time, a special presentation of the Halsey & Alice North Award for APAP Board Alumni.

This year’s event was held virtually on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

This year marks a first for the awards program as a standalone event which allows us to really focus on the laudable achievements of performing arts professionals and their indelible contributions to the field. This year’s event is remarkable because of the times. We invite you to join us in celebrating the achievements of performing arts industry professionals at a time where our championing and support are integral to our survival. In honoring our own, we remember who we are and are inspired to proclaim why our work matters!
The APAP Honors celebrates and recognizes trailblazers and visionaries of the performing arts field. For more than five decades, the coveted awards were presented annually as part of the APAP Awards Ceremony traditionally held at the annual APAP|NYC conference. The APAP Honors will feature the APAP Awards, the Annual NAPAMA Awards, and for the first time, a special presentation of the Halsey & Alice North Award for APAP Board Alumni.

This year’s event was held virtually on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

This year marks a first for the awards program as a standalone event which allows us to really focus on the laudable achievements of performing arts professionals and their indelible contributions to the field. This year’s event is remarkable because of the times. We invite you to join us in celebrating the achievements of performing arts industry professionals at a time where our championing and support are integral to our survival. In honoring our own, we remember who we are and are inspired to proclaim why our work matters!
Thank you to IMG Artists for sponsoring The APAP Honors! Interested in sponsoring an event? Learn more here.

APAP welcomes charitable contributions to our valuable programs and services that support the performing arts field. Make a donation here.

APAP 2021 Award Nominees

The following performing arts professionals and organizations were nominated by APAP members for the following awards and represent the breadth and depth of the performing arts presenting, booking and touring field at this moment.

THE AWARD OF MERIT FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PERFORMING ARTS

THE SIDNEY R. YATES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

THE WILLIAM DAWSON AWARD FOR PROGRAMMATIC EXCELLENCE AND SUSTAINED ACHIEVEMENT IN PROGRAMMING

THE FAN TAYLOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO THE FIELD OF PROFESSIONAL PRESENTING

APAP is also pleased to announce Olga Garay-English as the 2021 recipient of the Halsey & Alice North Board Alumni Award. Garay-English is currently an independent arts consultant and is Senior Advisor for International Affairs to Fundación Teatro a Mil. The Halsey & Alice North Board Alumni Award is presented to an APAP Board Alum who has demonstrated in their words and actions the beautiful spirit of generosity and giving, not only on a continuing basis to Association of Performing Arts Professionals, but to the field at large.

Additionally, we look forward to celebrating the recipients of the NAPAMA Awards who were announced in January: Kevin Spencer, Self-Represented Artist, Educator and Advocate, Hocus Focus, Inc. will receive the Liz Silverstein Award for Agent-Manager of the Year, and Hollis Ashby, Artistic and Executive Director, Williams Center for the Arts will receive the NAPAMA Award for Presenter of the Year.

APAP Award Descriptions

Award of Merit for achievement in the performing arts

Sidney R. Yates Advocacy Award for outstanding advocacy on behalf of the performing arts

Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service to the field of professional presenting

William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and sustained achievement in programming

Past APAP Award Recipients

Award of Merit for Achievement in the Performing Arts

  • Toshi Reagon (2021)
  • Ping Chong + Company (2020)
  • Carmen de Lavallade (2019)
  • Arthur Mitchell (2018)
  • Laurie Anderson (2017)
  • Dr. Charles "Chuck" Davis (2016)
  • Midori (2015)
  • Philip Glass (2014)
  • Judith Jamison (2013)
  • George Wein (2012)
  • Charles Reinhart (2011)
  • John O'Neal (2010)
  • Jessye Norman (2009)
  • Marlboro Music Festival (2008)
  • Tina Ramirez (2007)
  • Ornette Coleman (2006)
  • Paul Taylor (2005)
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock (2004)
  • Kronos Quartet (2003)
  • Jennifer Tipton (2002)
  • Rachel Rosenthal (2001)
  • Bill T. Jones (2000)
  • Wynton Marsalis (1999)
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov (1998)
  • National Endowment for the Arts (1996)
  • Katherine Dunham (1995)
  • Harvey Lichtenstein (1993)
  • Guarneri String Quartet (1992)
  • Dr. Billy Taylor (1991)
  • Merce Cunningham (1990)
  • Young Concert Artists (1988)
  • Lloyd Richards (1985)
  • Alvin Ailey (1984)
  • Ralph Burgard (1982)
  • Patrick Hayes (1981)
  • Rudolf Serkin (1978)
  • Aaron Copland (1976)
  • Johnson Foundation (1973)
  • Martha Graham (1969)
  • Marian Anderson (1964)
  • Isaac Stern (1960)
  • Sol Hurok (1959)

Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service to the Field of Professional Presenting

  • Mario Garica Durham (2021)
  • Rena Shagan (2020)
  • David J. Fraher (2019)
  • Ann Rosenthal and Cathy Zimmerman of MAPP International Productions (2018)
  • Mikki Shepard (2017)
  • MK Wegmann (2016)
  • Alberta Arthurs (2015)
  • Holden & Arts Associates (2014)
  • Abel Lopez (2013)
  • Alicia Adams (2012)
  • Ken Fischer (2011)
  • Byron Gustafson (2010)
  • Phil Bither (2009)
  • Kenneth Foster (2008)
  • Colleen Jennings-Roggensack (2007)
  • Robert Browning (2006)
  • Terrence Jones (2005)
  • John Killacky (2004)
  • Olga Garay (2003)
  • Susie Farr (2002)
  • Klaus W. Kolmar (1995)
  • Arnie Malina (1994)
  • John Gingrich (1993)
  • Klaus W. Kolmar (1995)
  • Arnie Malina (1994)
  • John Gingrich (1993)
  • Gerald Yoshitomi (1992)
  • David White (1991)
  • Ralph Sandler (1990)
  • Jan Oetinger (1989)
  • Halsey North (1988)
  • Lawrence Wilker (1987)
  • Henry Bowers (1986)
  • Gail Rector (1985)
  • Tom Bacchetti (1984)
  • Bill Dawson (1983)
  • Rudy Alexander (1982)
  • Jack Cohan (1981)
  • Ella Pratt (1980)
  • Betty Connors (1979)
  • Jim Wockenfuss (1978)
  • Wayne Stark (1977)
  • Howard Jones (1976)
  • Jerry Willis (1975)
  • Francis Inglis (1973)
  • Fan Taylor (1972)

William Dawson Award for Programmactic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming

  • The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, artistic director, and Patrick Willingham, executive director) (2021)
  • Emil Kang, UNC Chapel Hill (2020)
  • The Joyce Theater (Linda Shelton, executive director and Martin Weschler, former director of programming) (2019)
  • globalFEST (Bill Bragin, Isabel Soffer and Shanta Thake) (2018)
  • Mary Rose Lloyd, The New Victory Theater (2017)
  • Jedidiah Wheeler, Montclair State University (2016)
  • Margaret Lawrence, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College (2015)
  • Harlem Stage (2014)
  • On the Boards (2013)
  • White Bird Dance (2012)
  • Mark Russell, Under The Radar (2011)
  • Pamela Tatge (2010)
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center (2009)
  • Stephanie Hughley (2008)
  • Ella Baff (2007)
  • Rachel Cooper (2006)
  • Ruth Felt (2005)
  • Baraka Sele (2004)
  • Luis Valdez and Teatro Campesino (2003)
  • La Pena Cultural Center (2002)
  • Ellis Finger, Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College (2002)
  • New World Theater, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2001)
  • Grand Performances (2000)
  • Quad City Visiting Artists' Series (1999)
  • Cal Performances (1998)
  • Theatreworks/USA (1998)
  • CITYFOLK (1996)
  • Hancher Auditorium/University of Iowa (1996)
  • North Carolina Black Repertory Company (1995)
  • Walker Art Center (1995)
  • Oregon Bach Festival (1994)
  • Bushnell Memorial Hall (1994)
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (1992)
  • The Sheldon Arts Foundation (1991)
  • Arts Midwest (1990)
  • University Musical Society of the University of Michigan (1990)
  • Krannert Center (1989)
  • Chamber Music Chicago (1988)
  • 92nd Street Y (1988)
  • O'Shaughnessy Auditorium (1987)
  • Purdue University (1986)
  • The Claremont Colleges/Bridges Auditorium (1986)
  • Metropolitan Arts Council of Omaha (1986)
  • Lee County Alliance of the Arts (1986)

Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts

  • Creating New Futures: Working Guidelines for Ethics & Equity in Presenting Dance & Performance (2021)
  • National Independent Venue Association - NIVA (Dayna Frank, Board President/Co-Founder, and Reverend Moose, Executive Director/Co-Founder) (2021)
  • The League of American Orchestras (Jesse Rosen, President and CEO; Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy)(2020)
  • Kaisha S. Johnson (2019)
  • Carlton Turner (2018)
  • Michael Alexander (2017)
  • Sheila Smith (2016)
  • Patrice Walker Powell (2015)
  • Robert L. Lynch (2014)?
  • Philip Horn (2013)
  • Ben Cameron (2012)
  • Frank Hodsoll (2011)
  • FTM Arts Law (2010)
  • Billy Taylor (2008)
  • The Honorable Edward M. Kennedy (2007)
  • Louise Slaughter (2006)
  • The Wallace Foundation (2005)
  • Tim Miller (2004)
  • Nancy Pelosi (2003)
  • Masaru “Pundy” Yokouchi (2002)
  • Tom Ridge (2002)
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