In October 2014, The League of Professional Theater Women (LPTW) will honor Patricia Ariza, legendary producer, director, actress, playwright and poet who has worked on the front lines for justice and social change in Colombia for almost 50 years, with the Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award.
The Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award was established in 2011 in honor of Rosamond Gilder and Martha Coigney, two legendary theatre women whose work on the international stage proved that theatre knows no boundaries. Presented every three years, this Award acknowledges the exceptional work of theatre women around the world and aims to make a difference in the life and career of an international woman theatre artist.
Awardee Patricia Ariza is one of 21 women theatre artists who were nominated on the basis of work that inspires and educates across cultures, has a visible impact in their home country and abroad, and which demonstrates not only artistic excellence but a support of women’s work and issues. The nominees include: Tiffany Barton - Australia, Doruntina Basha- Serbia, Dalia Basiouny* - Egypt, Zdenka Becker - Austria, Sabina Berman - Mexico, Ayca Damgaci - Turkey, Mary Ann DeVlieg – Belgium, Lara Foot - South Africa, Jill Greenhalgh* - Wales, Elena Gremina - Russia, Jude Kelly - England, Ioana Ieronim -Romania, Susie McKenna - England, Lana Nasser* - Jordan, Yelena Romanova - Russia, Adelheid Roosen - Netherlands, Malgorzata Semil - Poland, Jung-Soon Shim* - South Korea, Hedda Krausz Sjogren* – Sweden, Maya Zbib* - Lebanon.