Lilly Awards Foundation, The

New York, NY

The Lilly Awards Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the work of women in the theater and promote gender parity at all levels of theatrical production.

The Lilly Awards were started in the Spring of 2010 as an outlet to honor the work of women in the American theater. The founders of The Lilly Awards, or “The Lillys,” as we affectionately refer to them are: Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Theresa Rebeck. The awards are named for Lillian Hellman, a pioneering American playwright who famously said “You need to write like the devil and act like one when necessary.”