The Erik Kuttner Award, known as the Erik Award, was an annual drama critics' award for professional theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 1955, the award had categories for actors, actresses, producers (directors) and designers. It operated through to 1981.[1][2]

The award statuette was designed by Julius Kuhn and was named after Erik Kuttner (died 1954), an actor and producer, commemorating his work in Melbourne theatre. The first ceremony in 1955, featured an appearance by British actress Dame Sybil Thorndike, who presented the best actor and actresses awards.[3]

The Erik Awards were succeeded by the Green Room Awards which started in 1982.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Awards for top actor, actress". The Argus (Melbourne). Victoria, Australia. 13 May 1955. p. 5. Retrieved 17 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Erik awards announced". The Canberra Times. Vol. 44, no. 12, 602. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 22 April 1970. p. 26. Retrieved 17 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Award to honor Erik Kuttner!". The Argus (Melbourne). Victoria, Australia. 29 January 1955. p. 47. Retrieved 17 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.