Nominations for the 2021 Kenneth Tynan Award (KTA) are open.

To recognise excellence in the field of dramaturgy, the Dramaturgs’ Network presents the Kenneth Tynan Award (KTA) 2021. Established in 2011, this biennial award honours theatre professionals, working and residing in the United Kingdom, who have made an outstanding contribution to dramaturgy in the UK in the past two years (2019 – 2021), regardless of their job title.

Rules for nomination:

  • The nominee must be a theatre professional, working and residing in the UK.
  •  Nominations for the KTA can be made by a theatre professional only.
  •  Each person can nominate one person only, except themselves.
  •  Nominations can only be made in a written (typed) format, showing the name and contact details of the nominator, the name of the nominee and a brief description (max. 500 words) describing the nominee’s work, their contribution to the field of dramaturgy, and an explanation as to why the nominee deserves this award.
  • The nomination has to be emailed to (preferably by using the nomination form):
  • Deadline for nominations: Friday, 15 October 2021, 5 pm BST.

This year’s KTA panel members are Oladipo Agboluaje, Hannah Khalil, Stewart Pringle, Sarah Sigal, Hanna Slättne, and Katalin TrencsĂ©nyi.

The Kenneth Tynan Award will be presented at the Kenneth Tynan Award ceremony on 20 November 2021.

The Kenneth Tynan Award is supported by the National Theatre and Nick Hern Books.

Established in 2001, the Dramaturgs’ Network is a volunteer arts organisation, supporting practitioners, developing and sharing the practice and theory of dramaturgy.

The award is named after Kenneth Tynan (1927 – 1980), the first dramaturg in the United Kingdom. A brilliant and feared critic and a great supporter of the cause of a subsidised repertory theatre, Tynan gave up his job at The Observer to join Laurence Olivier at the newly established National Theatre. He worked as a literary manager between 1963 and 1974, paving the way to the success of the first-ever publicly funded theatre in Britain.

Previous KTA award winners are Suzanne Bell (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester), Hanna Slättne (Tinderbox Theatre, Belfast), Ruth Little (Akram Khan Company, London), Lloyd Trott (RADA, London).

To read more about the award go to their website here. 

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