The Green Room Awards were established in 1982, with our first Awards Ceremony taking place in 1984 celebrating works seen in 1983. Since then, the Green Room Awards have been Melbourne’s premier peer-presented, performing arts industry awards. Each year we recognise outstanding achievements in productions from Cabaret, Contemporary & Experimental Performance, Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera and Theatre Companies. The awards acknowledge the contributions of the many, diverse artists and technicians who work on stage, back stage, in the grid and in the pit.
We are an entirely voluntary organisation, from the Executive Committee to the Panel Chairs, from the Panel Members to our hosts, presenters and patron. We all give of our time because we all believe that acknowledging the work of our peers not only recognises their outstanding achievements, but contributes to a stronger, more exciting and innovative industry that is better for performance makers and audiences alike.
Victorian Theatre Day and the Green Room Awards In 1987, Green Room Awards founder, Blair Edgar, successfully approached the City of Melbourne with the idea of establishing an official Theatre Day. Following a resolution by the Melbourne City Council on December 15, 1987, the then Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Cr. Winsome McCaughy, proclaimed that the third Tuesday in February of each year was declared Theatre Day when the City of Melbourne and the State of Victoria would ‘…honour all those who derive their living from the Theatre.’
From 1988 and for many years after, the Green Room Awards Ceremony was held on Theatre Day. More recently, the third Tuesday of February has become the traditional day for the announcement of the green Room Awards nominations. The original proclamation is now held as part of the Performing Arts Museum collection.