The 2017 United Solo AWARDS Have Been Announced

United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, concluded its eighth season with a Gala at Theatre Row in New York. During its ten-week run, the festival offered 120 stage productions representing six continents. Nearly 60 shows sold out, and were presented several times due to popular demand. This past season, the festival presented productions created by new talents and show business veterans, including Oscar winner Milton Justice and Emmy winner Bill Oberst Jr.
At the Gala held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 many artists were recognized with awards for their achievements in the art of solo performance. On behalf of the United Solo Academy, Omar Sangare, the Artistic Director of the festival, presented the United Solo Special Award to Michael Moore for his show, “The Terms of My Surrender.” In his acceptance speech, Mr. Moore said: “I wanted to stand in a room with a few hundred other people each night and have a conversation. I have never done that in that way before — it was very powerful,” and added “It’s that connection to the people in the room, and the cliche that no two audiences are the same turns out to be true.”

For eight years now, United Solo has supported members of the performing arts community by fundraising for The Actors Fund — which helps professionals in times of transitions, and this year, especially those impacted by Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria. The Festival also joined efforts to promote services provided by the newly-opened Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts.
Through its mission, United Solo continues to share local and international talents, discover original stories, connect artists with their audiences, exchange diverse perspectives, foster a dialogue for change, entertain, and now, educate through its newly developed professional training program led by distinguished artists and cultural icons.
The full list of 2017 United Solo Award winners includes:
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United Solo Launches a New Series of Master Classes

The world’s largest solo theatre festival, which began its eighth season at Theatre Row in New York City on September 14th, is proud to introduce the United Solo Master Series, an educational program for theatre practitioners. A Master Class taught by Pau Aran Gimeno, performer from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, will inaugurate the program. Additional Master Classes will be taught by James Lecesne, performer and author of an Oscar-winning film; Adam Wade, comedian and the winner of 20 SLAMS at The Moth; and Austin Pendleton, renowned actor and director, a recipient of Drama Desk Special Award. Space is limited & pre-registration is required at:


The World’s Largest Solo Theatre Festival Begins Its Eighth Season In New York

United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, is proud to present its 8th season at Theatre Row in the heart of New York City’s theatre district. As in previous years, the festival will present between two and five shows each night for the next ten weeks, adding up to 120 unique productions coming from six continents, and performing their solo pieces between September 14 and November 19, 2017.
TICKETS are available NOW through Telecharge ( or 212‑239‑6200) and at the Theatre Row Box Office (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). For the full calendar of performances, please visit
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2017 United Solo Special Award Nominations

United Solo honors performers who have made outstanding contributions to solo theatre. This year’s nominees are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Jones, John Leguizamo, Judith Light, Michael Moore, and Anna Deavere Smith. As in the past, the recipient of the United Solo Special Award will be announced at the Festival’s Closing Gala on Nov. 19 at Theatre Row, and will join an illustrious group of award recipients, including Anna Deavere Smith (2010), Patti LuPone (2011), John Leguizamo (2012), Fiona Shaw (2013), Billy Crystal (2014), James Lecesne (2015), and Staceyann Chin in collaboration with Cynthia Nixon (2016).
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