Audience Development Committee, Inc., was
established in 1973 by the late Vivian Robinson to honor excellence
York African American
Theatre through presentation of Vivan Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition
Awards (aka Viv awards).
The awards were created to promote
"recognition, understanding and awareness of the arts in the
AUDELCO Viv awards recognize the following, whether Broadway or off-Broadway:
has an office in Central Harlem, New York, with an
active board of directores, including Executive Director, Carrie
- Productions by Black companies
- Shows written or directed by Blacks
- Black actors in shows
The organization has thousands of members, a
newsletter, and a black theater collection of books, photos, slides
and scripts as wellas an extensive clipping file on black theater
ocmpanies and productions.
The AUDELCO awards are limited to productions mounted by
professional, not-for-profit theater
organizations which have been in existence
for at least two years and have had a minimum of 500 hours of
rehearsal, performance, or training. Additionally, productions have
to have been performed over 12 times between September 1st of one
year and August 31st of the next. Workshop productions and
works-in-prograess are not eligible.
The AUDELCO Viv awards allow celebrities and everyday people to get
to share their love of theater and their appreciation for the
incredible performances, scripts, direction, costumes and sets that
have been presented during the last theater season.