Emma Rice will be honoured for her outstanding contribution to British theatre at this year’s UK Theatre Awards.
The industry body said she was being recognised for the “unique, innovative and socially relevant work that she has created and directed all over the country”.
The award will be presented by designer Vicki Mortimer during the ceremony on October 27 at London’s Guildhall.
Rice said: “I am proud, excited and utterly thrilled to be receiving the outstanding contribution award at the UK Theatre Awards. This award is particularly meaningful to me as it not only recognises the body of work I have made over the years, but also the community of artists that I have made it with – a treasured community that remains loyal and inspirational to this day, as Wise Children goes from strength to strength.”
The director, who said she found her “directorial voice in Cornwall”, praised regional theatre as “the pumping blood of British theatre”.
“It has given me a real and creative home to invest in, flourish in and return to,” she added.
Previous recipients of the award include critic Lyn Gardner, actors Ian McKellen and Maxine Peake, and choreographer Matthew Bourne.