Honoring professional theater with "The Craig Noel Awards"
2020 Craig Noel Awards canceled due to pandemic
(Oct. 1, 2020) This has been a devastating and unprecedented year for San Diego theater community. The hearts of all the members of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle go out to all local theater community artists who are enduring not only the loss of jobs and income, but also the creative work that feeds their souls.
As the pandemic wears on, it is now clear that San Diego’s theaters will remain dark for the rest of 2020 and perhaps well into 2021.
Over the past several weeks, the Critics Circle’s members have come to the difficult but necessary conclusion that we must cancel the 2020 Craig Noel Awards for Theatrical Excellence.
Our goal is to combine the onstage live productions that opened during the first 10 weeks of 2020 with whatever is produced onstage in 2021 for future awards consideration.
We may also add a category for outstanding virtual programming to honor the creative online work being produced by theaters countywide. We hope to return with our 20th anniversary ceremony in February 2022.
We plan to produce a memorial video at the end of this year for the local theater artists and patrons who passed away in 2020. We would also like to create a highlights reel, that would encapsulate the live, filmed and Zoom-based shows that have been produced locally this year. Those will be released online around Jan. 1, 2021.
San Diego theaters shut down in unprecedented response to COVID-19 quarantine
For the first time since 1918, all of San Diego County’s theaters and other performing arts organizations closed down in mid-March to protect staff and the public from the coronavirus pandemic raging worldwide.
The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle extends its condolences to the hundreds of theater artists who were forced out of work by the mass closures.
Because the show must go on several San Diego County theaters are now streaming and posting live and recorded programming to engage, entertain and comfort theater-lovers worldwide.
Here are some of the stories our members have been writing during the pandemic crisis. To see features and reviews of shows that were produced both onstage and virtually in 2020, visit this link.