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How to Submit a Work for Falstaff Award Consideration

The Falstaff Awards are given out on a calendar year basis. Nominees are chosen throughout the year from January 1 to December 31 and the winners in the following 15 categories are announced in February of the following year.

  • Best Play or Musical
  • Best Principal Actor
  • Best Principal Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Director
  • Best Scenic Design
  • Best Sound Design/Original Score
  • Best Lighting Design
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Choreography or Fight Direction
  • Best Script Adaptation/Dramaturgy
  • Best Film (Any medium)
  • Best Book, Publication, or Recording
  • Lear Award for Lifetime Achievement

There is no minimim or maximum number of nominees recognized in each category. The exception is the Lear Award for Lifetime Achievement, where only the award recipient is announced.

The team of reviewers sees a variety of performances around the globe each year, evaluating top-notch aspects of each production for consideration. Usually, there are reviews posted on, but not always so a written review on is not a requirement to be nominated or win in any category. The process of comparing one work against another is often an impossible task, but we try and give a fair comparison when determining nominees and winners.

To propose a Shakespeare-related work for consideration, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The work must have been performed for the first time and at least once in the current calendar year.
  2. Any submission must be Shakespeare-related (no other authors will be considered). Our team will have the final discretion on this definition.
  3. Performance categories will only be awarded to works by William Shakespeare. The categories for Best Script Adaptation/Dramaturgy, Best Film (Any medium), and Best Book, Publication, or Recording may include nominations/winners from adaptations and works not necessarily by William Shakespeare, but are inspired by his works.
  4. You are not allowed to submit your own work (see the next point for an exception to this rule). If you represent a theatre, a local reviewer should submit it for you, preferably with their published review of the work. If you're an author, your publisher should submit the work for you.
  5. If you represent a theatre and a film of your work is shown publicly (e.g. in movie theaters), you may submit a video of your performance. Keep in mind that a lot can be lost in the translation from stage to film and your work may be at a disadvantage is submitted this way (but there may be no other alternative).
  6. Publishers may submit written works for consideration. Once you submit the information, we will contact you to let you know where you can mail a review copy of the work. Review copies will not be returned.
  7. Film producers, distributors, or studios may submit works via online video or other means.
  8. You may submit in any category (or multiple) you feel is appropriate. We will review each submission.

Click here to submit your nomination.

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