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Alvin Ailey Dance Award:

Quashierra Muhammad

Spike Lee Directing Award:

Ifeyinwa Arinze

Hattie McDaniel Acting Award:

Omolade Wey

Lorraine Hansberry Writing Award: Sally Dean 


Black Excellence Impact Award:

Ural Grant.

Each winner will receive financial scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,959 to support undergraduate or MFA education.

Announcing the Inaugural

Next Wave Initiative Winners!


A statement from Douglas Lyons,Founder and Director of the Next Wave Initiative

Our nation is currently mourning, while simultaneously healing itself. In times like these I always look towards a solution; a way to pave a path towards America's future. The Next Wave Initiative allows the conversations around "Broadway equality" to become action. This program will fight to erase the ugliness of our past, while investing in the future of our profession. 

Mission Statement: 

The Next Wave Initiative is a developmental branch of The Directors Company, committed to amplifying future Black voices in The American Theatre.