BIC Emerging Theatre Award

For League Member Theatres!

The League of Chicago Theatres is now accepting applications for the 2023 Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theater Award. The grantee organization will receive $5000.

This award was created in 2007 to encourage, support, and promote young theatres in Chicago that have demonstrated great ability, promise, artistic excellence, and fiscal responsibility in business practices.

A nominating committee comprised of Chicago theatre professionals will review the applications and select the finalists. The eventual honoree will be selected from this group of finalists by a majority vote of League of Chicago Theatre’s members.

2023 Cycle Schedule

  1. Grant application process opens: Thursday, June 29, 2023.
  2. Grant application submission deadline: Thursday, August 10, 2023
  3. Group of finalists announced: Monday, August 28, 2023
  4. Last day to vote on finalists: Friday, September 8, 2023
  5. Award recipient will be notified in mid-September, 2023.
  6. Award recipient announced publicly at the League Gala: Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

Applicant Criteria

  1. Applying company must be a member of the League of Chicago Theatres in good standing.
  2. Company cannot be a previous recipient of the Emerging Theatre Award.
  3. Company must have been in existence for at least 3 years and no more than 10 years.
  4. Company must have produced a minimum of 3 past productions.
  5. Company must demonstrate artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility in business practices.

Download the Full Application Here

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email