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Awards & Honors


The Helios Foundation awards Childsplay a substantial grant to implement its Early Youth Educators at Play (Eye-Play) program in pre-school classrooms throughout the greater Phoenix area. The program introduces pre-school teachers to experiential learning techniques that encourage literacy learning for 3 to 5 year olds.



Childsplay receives a “Think It” grant from Theatre Communications Group to create new ways to build scenery that is more environmentally friendly.



Childsplay receives the Tempe Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Award.



Childsplay receives a four-year $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement, evaluate, and disseminate a model for integrating theatre arts across the middle school curriculum.



Childsplay performs its world premiere production of Tomas and the Library Lady for First Lady Laura Bush at the Guadalupe Boys & Girls Club. The play was also invited to the national conference of the American Library Association.



The play Eric and Elliot - written by Childsplay Associate Artist Dwayne Hartford and premiered at Childsplay - receives the Distinguished Play of the Year Award from the American Alliance of Theatre and Education.



David Saar receives the Arizona State University Herberger College of Fine Arts Notable Achievement Award.



Childsplay receives the Arizona Governor's Arts Award for Arts-in-Education



American Theatre magazine names Childsplay one of the top four theatre companies for young audiences in the United States.



The play And Then They Came for Me receives the Shofar Zakhor Award of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association.



Childplay is named the United States nominee for the President's Award of ASSITEJ, the International Organization for Theatre for Young Audiences.



David Saar receives the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education for his play The Yellow Boat.



Achieved Basic Aid status with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, as one of the ten leading arts organizations in Arizona.



Childsplay was named Arts Organization of the Year by the Phoenix Business Volunteers for the Arts.



The Yellow Boat, was recognized at the Best Production for Children, Best Production of a New Work, Best Script by an Arizona Playwright, and Dwayne Hartford Best Male Supporting Performance, by the Greater Phoenix Theater Critics Circle awards



Received one of the first eight grants awarded nationally by the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Fund for theatre for young audiences to create the new play Hush: An Interview with America.



David Saar receives Phoenix Futures Forum's "Dream Weavers" Vision Award



David Saar receives Distinguished Achievement Award from Arizona State University’s College of Fine Arts



Childsplay performs The Masquerade of Life/La Mascarada de la Vida at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC



David Saar receives the National Winifred Ward "Dare to Dream" Fellowship for creating his original play, The Yellow Boat. The play was also the first time Childsplay is represented at the New Visions/New Voices Playwriting Development program, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC



David Saar receives Arizona Governor's Arts Award for his contributions to the arts in Arizona.



Senators' Cultural Award, East Valley Cultural Alliance, for contributions to assure audiences today and for the future.



Childsplay receives Special Recognition Citation from American Association of Theatre for Youth for continued excellence and effectiveness in the field of children's theatre.



Children’s Theatre Association of America presents Childsplay its award for Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company Award.