From 2018 to 2020, for the ninth time the International Competition for Stage Direction and Design in Musical Theatre will be held in Graz, Austria.
As before, the RING AWARD competition will offer young artists – who form production teams of one stage director and one stage designer each – an opportunity to subject themselves to the verdict of acknowledged international experts. Again several prizes will be awarded: in addition to the awards given by the Province of Styria and the City of Graz, the Ring Award Jury and a separate Theatre Jury will decide on further prizes sponsored by themselves. Furthermore, several theatres and opera houses will sponsor special prizes in the form of commissions for stagings (direction and design).
This competition is still the only one of its kind worldwide reflecting the most recent developments in the art of staging musical theatre and giving young artists the chance of finding international resonance for their views of what musical theatre should be like today.
The first prize is the prestigious “RING AWARD” which is the offer of a stage production with stage design, donated by Oper Graz. Further prizes, such as an Audience Prize and cash prizes are offered and several theatres and opera houses will sponsor special prizes in the form of commissions for stage productions (direction and design).