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Victor Award
Victor Award

Victor Podagrosi, Child's Play Touring Theatre Founding Director
The People's Choice Victor Award was established in the late 1990s as a way of recognizing excellence in performing arts for young people. In the early years, the award was voted on by Showcase technicians and was a sort of 'congeniality prize.' For the last four years, the award has been a 'people's choice' of favorite performances from the Showcase.

The Victor Award was originated to perpetuate the memory of Victor Podagrosi, founding director of Child's Play Touring Theatre of Chicago and ALWAYS an audience favorite. Victor died of a heart attack in September 1995 during a company board meeting. He was 41. Past winners of the audience choice Victor Award include:


  • 2019—Gravity & Other Myths for their production of A Simple SpaceAustralia
  • 2018—Compagnia Baccalà for their production of PSS PSS—Switzerland
  • 2017—Slingsby Theatre for their production of The Young King by Oscar Wilde—Australia
  • 2016—Arch 8/Erik Kaiel for their production of Tetris — The Netherlands 
  • 2015Macrobert Art Center for their production of Titus — Scotland
  • 2014— Theatergroep Kwatta for their production of Manxmouse—Netherlands
  • 2013—Patch Theatre Company for their production of Me and My Shadow—Australia
  • 2012—Susanna Hamnett for her production of Nearly Lear—Canada
  • 2011—Windmill Theatre for their production of Grug—Adelaide, SA Australia
  • 2010—Visible Fictions for their production of Shopping for Shoes—Glasgow, UK
  • 2009—Puppet State Theatre Company for their production of The Man Who Planted Trees—Cleveland, OH
  • 2008—Speeltheatre Holland for their production of Pero or Mysteries of the Night—Tampa, FL
  • 2007—Huis aan de Amstel for their production of Wolf—Cleveland, OH
  • 2006—Det lille Turnéteater for their production of Hamlet—Philadelphia, PA
  • 2005—LaJoye Productions for their production of Snowflake—Cleveland, OH

Performances selected by the Showcase Selection process are placed on ballots made available to all Showcase attendees. Attendees will find electronic ballots for each day's performances emailed to them after the final performance of the day. Their rankings are averaged during the final Showcase party and the award runners-up and winner are announced.

2019 Victor Award Winner Gravity & Other Myths

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