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Last year's winner, Ellen Burstyn, with our publisher/founder Verna Kerans, and reviewer Summer Donaldson.


Since 1985, one of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, the Helen Hayes Awards, has celebrated outstanding achievement in over 80 professional theatres throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Named for the legendary First Lady of the American Theatre, nominated artists and companies exemplify the excellence found on all Washington stages, and therefore propel Washington as a nationally- and internationally-recognized theatre town.

The Helen Hayes Awards honors and celebrates that work and, by so doing, brings national attention to our region's greatest cultural resource. Artistic achievement is awarded in 26 categories as well as two special awards: The Helen Hayes Tribute for extraordinary contribution to the American theatre; and The Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community. Every year, artistic, corporate, philanthropic, social, and political leaders join together to honor these collective efforts which have established Washington as the second most prolific theatre town in the country.

For this year's 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, we're pulling out all the stops to ensure a celebration our theatre community will remember for years to come. We'll be celebrating at the phenomenal National Building Museum, with an event unlike any we've held before.

Mark your calendar for Monday, April 21!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW AND CAN BE ORDERED BY CALLING. We want to make sure your order is taken personally. Email Box Office manager Lindsay Gaughan at or call her directly at 202-337-4572.

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