"Spellbound Theatre, New York's only theatre exclusively for young people ages 0-5 has been awarded the American Alliance for Theater & Education's Zeta Phi Eta-WiniFred Ward Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company Award. The honor will be presented at an awards reception on Saturday, August 5th at AATE conference in New Orleans, LA.
The annual award honors a theatre company serving young audiences that has been in operation for under five years, has attained a high level of artistic production, and possesses sound management practices while having stimulated community interest in its endeavors. It is named in honor of WiniFred Ward, often considered the 'mother of creative drama'.
Past winners who have come to exemplify longstanding artistic excellence include the Honolulu Theatre for Youth in Hawaii, Childsplay, Inc. in Arizona, the Dallas Children's Theatre in Texas, and Metro Theater Company in Missouri."