The 2022 Joe A. Callaway Award recipients have been announced. Presented by the not-for-profit Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the awards honor excellence in the arts of stage direction and choreography in each Off-Broadway season, and are peer-given by fellow directors and choreographers.
The Callaway Award for excellence in directing will go to Saheem Ali for The Public Theater's Fat Ham, and the Callaway Award for excellence in choreography will go to Josh Prince for Stage 42's Trevor: The Musical.
This year's finalists for excellence in directing are Knud Adams for English at Atlantic Theater Company, David Cromer for A Case for the Existence of God at Signature Theatre Company, and Rebecca Frecknall for Sanctuary City at New York Theatre Workshop. The 2022 finalists for excellence in choreography are Danny Mefford for Kimberly Akimbo at Atlantic Theater Company, and Sergio Mejia for ¡Americano! at New World Stages.
The Callaway Awards were first presented in 1989. Previous recipients include Susan Stroman (1991), Harold Prince (1993), Julie Taymor (1996), and Bartlett Sher (2002).
The 2021-2022 Callaway Committee was chaired by Pamela Berlin and included Maggie Burrows, Richard Hamburger, Darren Lee, Lori Leshner, Amy Saltz, Maria Torres, Christopher Windom, and Chay Yew.
The Callaway Awards, along with the previously announced Gordon Davidson Award and Zelda Fichandler Award, will be presented in a virtual ceremony in February.