The award was created in 1989 and named for the first recipient, Rosetta LeNoire, founder of New York's Amas Repertory Theatre (now Amas Musical Theatre). Past honorees include Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival, Ellen Stewart of La MaMa ETC in New York, Dennis Zacek and Marcelle McVay of Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater, and the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
Applications and supporting material are due Feb. 10, 2012. For more information, contact Luther Goins, Equity's national equal employment opportunity coordinator, at (312) 641-0393, ext. 237, or firstname.lastname@example.org.