Backstage at the Helen Hayes Awards



Backstage at the Helen Hayes Awards is a the three-part interview series that spotlights the richness and variety of the professional theater community in Washington, DC. The series celebrates the safe and highly anticipated reopening of the District’s theaters and provides an entertaining and personal look into the lives that have made DC the second largest and most successful theater community in the nation. Tune in each Wednesday (12/8-12/22) and learn about DC’s world-class theater destinations. 


Backstage at the Helen Hayes Awards was produced in partnership with Theatre Washington, the only organization dedicated to supporting and representing all sectors of DC's professional theater community. You can support DC theater by attending a local show, gifting tickets for the holidays, or donating to Theatre Washington’s Taking Care Fund.


Founded in 1984, The Helen Hayes Awards recognize outstanding achievements from more than 60 professional theatres and hundreds of theatre-makers across the Washington, DC area each year. Named for Helen Hayes – the legendary First Lady of the American Theatre and a Washington, DC native – the awards celebrate the artists and companies whose work makes the Washington, DC-area a thriving, nationally recognized theatre community.

Award nominations result from a year-long process in which 40 volunteer judges on five panels attend as many as 200 eligible productions, including dozens of world premieres. The Helen Hayes Awards are traditionally celebrated each spring during a festive awards ceremony and after-party.