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Vicky Featherstone, Phyllida Lloyd and Glenda Jackson nominated for Women in Creative Industries Awards

Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre. Photo: Mark Hamilton Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre in London. Photo: Mark Hamilton
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Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone and director Phyllida Lloyd have been nominated for an award that honours women who have championed equality in the arts.

Both have been nominated for WOW Women in Creative Industries Awards, alongside director Katie Mitchell, actor Glenda Jackson, Royal Exchange artistic director Sarah Frankcom, English National Ballet artistic director Tamara Rojo and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz.

Lloyd and Featherstone are nominated for the gender equality champion award, with Lloyd up for her work on the all-female trilogy of Shakespeare plays at the Donmar Warehouse, and Featherstone up for her calls to the theatre sector to take action following allegations of harassment.

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Frankcom is nominated in the ‘fighting the good fight’ category, which recognises a woman who has “demonstrated great tenacity and ongoing commitment to excellence within the creative industries”.

Mira Kaushik, director of South Asian dance company Akademi, is also nominated in the same category.

Mitchell and Jackson are up for the ‘bold moves’ award, which honours a woman who has taken “daring, bold and ambitious actions”.

Mitchell is up for her commitment to putting the “voices of women centre stage”, while Jackson gets a nod for her return to theatre in King Lear following a 25-year absence.

Rojo and Mahfouz are up for the ‘inspiring change’ award, alongside Eclipse Theatre Company founder and artistic director Dawn Walton.

The outstanding achievement category features nods for playwright Alice Birch and actor Josette Bushell-Mingo.

The awards will be presented on March 7, 2018 at the Royal Festival Hall. Judges include Jenny Sealey, artistic director of Graeae.

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