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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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Rudy Kloptik Award for Outstanding Resident Troupe

Good Fight


Midnight Society

Prima Doñas

Sugar, Water, Purple

Martin DeMaat Award for Outstanding Itinerant Troupe

Documentary Later


Indigo Shift




Ethel Hinkley Award for New Improv Troupe


Friends for Now


Nice Jewish Girls

Sloppy Seconds

Outstanding Production of Theatre for Young Audiences

Acorn and Robin, Pollyanna Theatre Company

Haunted: A Ghost Story, Summer Stock Austin

RapUnzel, Austin Scottish Rite Theatre

Tortoise and Hare, ZACH Theatre

Outstanding Production of Improvised Theatre

Clone Squad, Fallout Theater

FLOW (Funny Ladies of Wrestling), Fallout Theater

LatiNacional, ColdTowne Theater

One Hour Til Air, ColdTowne Theater

Super Black, Fallout Theater

Outstanding Production of a Comedy

Ann, ZACH Theatre

The Rover, Hidden Room

Three Shitty Sons, UT Department of Theatre and Dance

Who Framed Roger Replicant?, La Fenice

Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, Present Company

Outstanding Produc...


Outstanding Production of a Drama

The Audience, paper chairs

The Brothers Size, Capital T Theatre

ENRON, UT Department of Theatre and Dance

The Immigrant, Austin Playhouse

(Un)Documents, VORTEX Repertory Company

The Wolves, Hyde Park Theatre (winner)

Direction of a Drama

Beth Burns, Booth’s Richard III, Hidden Room, Harry Ransom Center and Austin Scottish Rite Theater

Elizabeth Doss and Lisa Laratta, The Audience, paper chairs

Rudy Ramirez, (Un)Documents, VORTEX Repertory Company (winner)

Emily Rankin, The Woman in Black, Penfold Theatre Company, 7 Towers Theatre Company and Austin Scottish Rite Theater

Hannah Wolf, ENRON, UT Department of Theatre and Dance

Lead Actor in a Drama

Kareem Badr (The Actor) The Woman in Black, Penfold Theatre Company, 7 Towers Theatre Company and Austin Scottish Rite Theater

David Barrera (Liam Haber) Bad Jews, City Theatre Company

John Christopher (Ogun Size) The Brothers Size, Capital T Theatre

Sam Domino (Jim Quinn) Prodigal Son, Jarrott Productions

Joseph Garlock (H...

2016-2017 B. Iden Payne Award Nominations

Below are the nominees for the 2015-2016 theatrical season.


2015 – 2016  Season

Outstanding Production


Cowboy in the Kitchen                                                                  Pollyanna Theatre Company


Alice in Wonderland                                                                 ZACH Theatre and Underbelly


Megan has lived in Austin for 5 years and has grown to love the

theatre community. She's excited to have even more reason to explore ALL the shows and #seeeverything. She's supported by an amazing husband and kiddo who have been behind her every step of the way.

Like other performing art forms, improv is notoriously ephermeral – and feels still more so since it's created in the same instant that it's performed. But the Austin improv scene is fortunate to have a dedicated chronicler of its fleeting work. Photographer Steve Rogers has been training his lens on local troupes and shows since 2010 – both for publicity images and performance records – and has captured more than 600 shows on film, at all four of the city's improv centers and all of its major annual events. To call it a treasure trove is a gross understatement; it's the history of an entire community. 

Christine Hoang is a writer, producer, actor, and 90s-era hip-hop dancer. She is excited to be a new member of the B. Iden Payne Awards Council. As a graduate of Louisiana State University, Christine received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Theatre. After college Christine took a detour from the arts to become an attorney and start a family. Now she's back as a self-proclaimed born-again artist. In 2015 Christine founded Color Arc Productions where she created, produced, and world premiered two new works - People of Color Christmas: The White Elephant in the Room in 2015, and Two Fathers: The Vietnam Vet & The Vietnamese Refugee, which was named Best of Fest at FronteraFest 2016. In February 2017, Color Arc Productions will mount the world premiere of A Girl Named Soo, a play with songs written by playwright Christine Hoang featuring original songs written and performed by Austin singer/songwriter BettySoo. She has performed in Heckle Her's original production...

Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest and resume to by June 30, 2016. Interviews will be conducted mid-July.

Below are the nominees for the 2014-2015 theatrical season.


2014 – 2015  Season

Outstanding Production


Por los Mojados                                                  La Compañía Juvenil de ProyectoTeatro


Ashes, Ashes                                                                                        Scottish Rite Theater

The Big Bolt                                                                           Pollyanna Theatre Company...

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