About

Mission

Azuka Theatre strengthens the connection and shared humanity among its diverse audiences by giving voice to the people whose stories go unheard.

History

Azuka Theatre was founded in 1999 by a group of young artists participating in the Arden Theatre Company’s nationally recognized Professional Apprentice Program. Azuka Theatre has built a reputation for accessible, thought-provoking and socially conscious theatre.

Over the past thirteen seasons, Azuka Theatre has produced twenty-eight plays, including twelve world premieres, and been hailed as “a company to watch” and a “major player on the Philadelphia alternative theatre scene,” by Philadelphia Weekly.

Awards/Nominations

Philadelphia Gay News’ LAMBDA Award:

  • Outstanding Arts Event (Azuka’s first production), La Rue des Faux (1999)

Barrymore Award:

  • Outstanding Sound Design, Christopher Colucci – The Long Christmas Ride Home
  • Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical, Kim Carson – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Barrymore Nominations:

  • Outstanding New Play for An Artist’s Workshop (2004)
  • Best Actress in a Play — Mary Martello in The Boys (2006)
  • Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical
  • Outstanding Direction of a Musical — Kevin Glaccum
  • Outstanding Musical Direction — Troy Herion
  • Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical — Dito van Reigersberg for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2008)
  • Outstanding Sound Design — Christopher Colucci
  • Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play — Keith J. Conallen for The Long Christmas Ride Home (2009)
  • Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play for the terrible girls, by Jacqueline Goldfinger (2011)

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