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


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.


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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