The 2015 United Solo AWARDS Have Been Announced

The ten-week run of the United Solo Festival, featuring 150 productions from six continents, concluded on Sunday, November 22 at Theatre Row in New York, where the festival is a resident company. Beginning with its opening night on September 17, United Solo presented between two and five shows every day, in a vast array of categories. Over 80 of the shows were sold out, and nearly 30 were presented in the encore program, which features companies returning to the festival after successful performances in previous years.


Omar Sangare, the founder and artistic director of the festival, presented the United Solo Special Award to James Lecesne, in recognition of major contributions to the solo art form. Mr. Lecesne accepted the award with words of encouragement for solo performers “I really applaud you all for using your voice, speaking out, and telling your stories, it’s the greatest thing you can do in your life. Thank you so much for this honor.” James Lecesne joins previous recipients of this award: Anna Deavere Smith, Patti LuPone, John Leguizamo, Fiona Shaw, and Billy Crystal.


United Solo is the world’s largest solo theatre festival, and has presented over 600 shows in its six years’ history. A number of scripts presented at the festival will be published and included in a special collection of Indie Theater Now, an online library for contemporary plays. Selected performers will also be invited to perform at the 2016 United Solo Europe, an annual showcase overseas, represented at the awards ceremony by Jakub Biegaj, the Managing Director of Theatre Syrena.


The festival community supports performing artists in need by fundraising for The Actors Fund throughout the season. Joseph Benincasa, President & CEO of The Actors Fund, said “On behalf of the 21,000 people we help every year, we send our thanks to the United Solo community and the generosity of these artists and audiences. The donations from this year’s audience appeals will go to help everyone in our creative community in times of need, crisis or transition.”


Artists who would like to participate in the United Solo Theatre Festival next year can already submit their applications. Detailed information is available at



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In its sixth year, United Solo once again breaks its own record of one-person show offerings. The world’s largest solo theatre festival opens on September 17 for a ten-week run, featuring 150 solo productions from six continents. Until its closing night on November 22, the festival will present between two and five shows each day, all at Theatre Row, where United Solo is a resident company, on 42nd Street in New York City.

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2015 United Solo Special Award Nominations

United Solo honors performers who have made outstanding contributions to solo theatre. This year’s nominees are Tom Dugan, Cush Jumbo, James Lecesne, Benjamin Scheuer, and Wanda Sykes. As in the past, the recipient of the United Solo Special Award will be announced at the Festival’s Closing Gala. The winner will join an illustrious group of award recipients, including Anna Deavere Smith (2010), Patti LuPone (2011), John Leguizamo (2012), Fiona Shaw (2013), and Billy Crystal (2014).
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