May 16, 2022 — Nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today, and the full list of nominees and announced special awards are available here.
In keeping with the Drama Desk’s mission, the nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 New York theater season, that the Drama Desk determined ended as of May 1, 2022. Only live performances were eligible – if performances were also available for streaming, 21 or more unique live performances were required.
The 2022 Drama Desk Awards winner will be announced the week of June 6 and the Awards will be presented during a ceremony at Sardi’s (234 West 44th Street) on Tuesday, June 14 from 3:00 – 6:00PM.
In determining eligibility of the Broadway productions of A Strange Loop, For Colored Girls, Hangmen, Is This a Room, Skeleton Crew, and The Lehman Trilogy which had recent Off-Broadway runs in previous seasons (and some of which were recognized with Drama Desk nominations and/or awards in those prior season), the nominating committee considered only those elements that constituted new work.
Additional productions on and off Broadway not eligible as they were considered in their entirety in prior seasons included Beyond Babel, Coal Country, Dana H., Get on Your Knees, Girl from the North Country, The Patsy, and What to Send Up When It Goes Down.
Trouble in Mind was considered a revival due to its Drama Desk-eligible 1955 off-Broadway production.
The 2021-2022 Drama Desk Nominating Committee included ATCA members Martha Wade Steketee (Chair; freelance, UrbanExcavations.com), Peter Filichia (Broadway Radio) and Juan Michael Porter II (TheBody.com; freelance: TDF Stages, Did They Like It?, New York Theatre Guide, Queerty), along with Kenji Fujishima (freelance: TheaterMania), Ayanna Prescod (freelance: Variety, New York Theatre Guide, Today Tix), Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania), and Diep Tran (freelance: Backstage, American Theatre, Broadway News, New York Theatre Guide).
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