Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Inaugural GALECA Dorian Theater Awards Announcement

My Critics Group has created a theater award. Excited to be a part of this new chapter of the Dorian Awards. 

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Announces Inaugural Dorian Theater Awards

Theater Wing’s 31 Members Will Honor Productions from Mainstream to Niche 

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics today announced it is expanding its mission to honor Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, across a variety of inaugural categories, beginning with the current 2022-2023 theater season. 

Like GALECA’s Dorian film and TV honors, the Dorian Theater Awards will celebrate both mainstream and LGBTQ+-themed productions. While GALECA counts over 460 members in all, the organization’s new theater wing includes 31 stage critics and/or journalists who regularly cover NYC theater for notable media outlets. The wing’s charter voting members are listed below. 

"The 2022-2023 theater season features a bold crop of plays and musicals which empower all kinds of audience members, no matter their identity,” said Gold Derby contributor Sam Eckmann, who with Merryn Johns, editor-in-chief of the website QueerForty, co-chairs the new wing. "As the industry continues to elevate diversity and queerness, I can think of no better time to expand the Dorian Awards to the stage. The LGBTQ community has long been a champion of the theater, and we will have plenty to cheer about this Pride Month as we celebrate the best that Broadway and Off-Broadway has to offer.”

One winner and two finalists will be selected per category. In the future, the wing may expand to a more traditional nominations/winners timeline. 

The voting period this year is Monday, May 22, 2023 to Monday, May 29, 2023. Winners and finalists will be announced on June 1, 2023, in time for Pride Month. 

Dorian Theater Awards 

Inaugural Categories

Outstanding Broadway Musical 
Outstanding Broadway Play 
Outstanding Broadway Revival of a Musical 
Outstanding Broadway Revival of a Play 
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Musical 
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Play 
Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Musical 
Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Play 
Outstanding LGBTQ Broadway Production 
Outstanding Broadway Ensemble 
The Broadway Showstopper Award (To a standout production number or scene) 
LGBTQIA+ Theater Trailblazer Award 
Outstanding Off-Broadway Production 
Outstanding Off-Broadway Performance 

GALECA Theater Wing 

Members, 2022-23

Merryn Johns (co-chair), Queer Forty 
Sam Eckmann (
co-chair), Gold Derby 
Marshall Heyman (
Broadway lead), Town and Country
Cary Wong (
Off-Broadway lead), The Interested Bystander, Film Score Monthly, etc. 
Frank J. Avella (
Industry Liaison), Edge Media Network, Awards Daily

Kerensa Cadenas, GQ, etc. 
Chris Carpenter, Rage magazine, etc. 
Murtada Elfadl, The A.V. Club, etc. 
Adam Feldman, Time Out 
Brian Herrera, StinkyLulu Says podcast 
James Kleinmann, The Queer Review 
Naveen Kumar, Variety, etc. 
Stacy Lambe, ET Online 
Brian Scott Lipton, Cititour, etc. 
Soraya McDonald, Andscape 
Charles O’Keefe, E! News 
Dan Meyer, Theatrely 
Abby Monteil, them, etc. 
Michael Musto, The Village Voice, etc. 
Louis Peitzman, High Drama newsletter (Substack), etc. 
Juan Michael Porter II, The Body, TDF Stages 
Juan A. Ramirez, Theatrely 
Mathew Rodriguez, them 
Nathaniel Rogers, The Film Experience 
Gillian Russo, New York Theatre Guide 
Michael Schulman, The New Yorker 
Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast 
Kyle Turner, Slant, etc. 
Lindsey Weber, Not Broadway newsletter (Substack), etc. 
Abbey White, Variety 
Curtis Wong, HuffPost


GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics and its Dorian Awards honor the best in film, television and, under its theater wing, Broadway and Off-Broadway. More than 450-members strong, GALECA seeks to remind society that the world loves the Q+ eye on all things entertainment. A nonprofit organization, GALECA also advocates for better pay and access for a segment of journalists whose work is often undervalued by the very media they support. Support our efforts by following @DorianAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For more information, visit

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