Following a month-long run that featured several dozen one-person theatre productions from across the globe, United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival concluded its twelfth season at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York by presenting this year’s awards at the United Solo Closing Gala. On behalf of the United Solo Academy, Dr. Omar Sangare, artistic director of the Festival, presented the United Solo Special Award to Lee Roy Reams for his performance in “Remembering Jerry Herman." Mr. Reams, a Tony and Drama Desk Awards nominee, will join such illustrious past honorees of the United Solo Special Award as: Anna Deavere Smith (2010), Patti LuPone (2011), John Leguizamo (2012), Fiona Shaw (2013), Billy Crystal (2014), James Lecesne (2015), Staceyann Chin in collaboration with Cynthia Nixon (2016), Michael Moore (2017), Renée Taylor (2018), Aasif Mandvi (2019), and Ian McKellen (2020).

Wendy-Lane Bailey opened the Gala with a song from her show “Five Minutes” which was directed by Omar Sangare. One of the composers of “Five Minutes,” Michele Brourman, was awarded Best Song for her composition titled “Aurora.”

The Gala was also a celebration for United Solo’s new online platform, United Solo Screen, which allows viewers from around the world to engage with United Solo productions. Among the shows available for streaming are many of the Festival’s awarded productions, as well as premieres of shows created for United Solo Screen.

The festival’s return was noted by the New York Times as they chose United Solo as one of their Fall Picks in their annual arts preview, and will continue presenting solo productions on United Solo Screen until it returns to Theatre Row next year.

Artists and companies can submit their shows as virtual performances for United Solo Screen at

Submissions for the 2022 United Solo Festival at Theatre Row, NYC, are now open at

The full list of award winners at the 2021 United Solo Festival includes:

United Solo Special Award: Lee Roy Reams in “Remembering Jerry Herman”

Best Production: “Becoming Othello” performed by Debra Ann Byrd
Best One-Woman Show: “Who Goes There” by Tara Hugo
Best One-Man Show: “Not My First Pandemic” by César Cadabes
Best International Show: “Ghislaine|Gabler” by Kristin Winters
Best Direction: Beth Bornstein Dunnington, “I Feel the Need”
Best Actress: Becca Schneider in “Trich”
Best Actor: Jason Woods in “The Near-Disaster of Jasper and Casper”

Best Encore: “Chocoholic” performed by Lilly Dennis
Best Storyteller: Vince Bandille in “3 Egg Creams"
Best Drama: “This Garden Plot” by Gil Cole
Best Comedy: “The Elephant in the Room” by Melanie Greenberg
Best Physical Theatre: “Six Solos” by Lynn Needle
Best Autobiographical: “A Hundred Dollar Bill” by Muhammed Can Yasar
Best Concert: “The Pass Musical” by Denise Marsa
Best New York Premiere: “The Ivory Thread” by Michael J. Gonzales
Best Festival Debut: Amie Enriquez in “Lightweight”
Best Composer: Heather Forest, “Earthsong” performed by herself
Best Song: Michele Brourman, “Aurora” in “Five Minutes”
Best Lighting Design: Shane Mathews

Best Emerging Artist: Erika Land in “PTSD & Me”
All About Solo Critics’ Award: “Not My First Pandemic” by César Cadabes
The United Solo Audience Choice Award: “Trich” by Becca Schneider

*The winner of the 2021 All About Solo Critics’ Choice Award was chosen by the staff writers of
**The winner of the Audience Award was chosen in an online poll at
***Winners selected by an independent panel of The United Solo Academy Members

United Solo Official Selection NYC 2021:

UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL™ is an annual international festival for solo performances held for over a deacade in New York City. Through a variety of one-person shows, the Festival explores and celebrates the uniqueness of the individual. Productions are selected from openly solicited submissions and presented at the highly acclaimed Theatre Row in the heart of the New York City theatre district on 42nd Street. Since its inaugural year in 2010, United Solo has featured more than thousand productions from all over the world.

After seeing a show at the United Solo at Theatre Row, all AUDIENCE members are invited to cast their VOTES for their favorite show.

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