Buddies Queer Emerging Artists Awards

community partner

This year, we are offering three Queer Emerging Artist Awards to assist emerging artists to focus on their artistic practice and deepen their connection to 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Three $1000 awards will be disbursed to queer emerging artists in any live performance discipline. The funding is not tied to a project or specific outcome, and can be spent as you wish. In addition, each award also provides a $500 stipend to be spent on professional development (mentorship, courses, workshops etc.). Read more about this year’s recipients, below!

The Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award recognizes and encourages the achievements of queer artists who are founding careers in the theatre while engaging with the community. Originally made possible by a gift from the estate of John Alan Lee, this year the awards are supported through a generous donation from House of Beida Inc.

2022 recipients



2019 – Erum Khan

2018 – Monica Garrido

2017 – Izad Etemadi

2016 – Mx. Sly

2015 – Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company

2014 – Jordan Tannahill