The Stage has announced the award-winning & Juliet actress Miriam-Teak Lee will host this year’s The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment.
This year, the awards ceremony will be available to watch on The Stage website, The Stage Facebook page and Scenesaver on 27 September at 7pm.
Having only graduated from Arts Ed in 2017, Lee is already well on her way to being a West End sensation. She wowed the judges with her debut performance for her role of Claire DeLoone in Drew McOnie’s On The Town, for which she was awarded Best Actress in a Musical at the inaugural The Stage Debut Awards four years ago. From there, she performed in the original London cast of Hamilton and is was leading the acclaimed West End musical & Juliet before the Coronavirus lockdown. Lee received an Olivier nomination for her celebrated performance as Juliet.
Speaking about the awards, Miriam-Teak Lee said: “I’m so delighted that The Stage Debut Awards are still going ahead this year to recognise the amazing talent who made their first steps in theatre from September until 16 March.
“It is incredible that these performers, directors, designers, composers and writers will have a light shone on them, so others will know what they achieved. It is so important.”
She added: “The Stage holds such a special place in my heart. From being nominated for the first edition of The Stage Debut Awards in 2017 to actually winning, and then singing at the ceremony the year later. It now feels incredible to have come full circle and help acknowledge these new talents.”
The full shortlist celebrates the breadth of emerging talent across the UK. As well as these more established theatremakers, the shortlist includes newcomers from productions in Cardiff, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester and Manchester, as well as from shows across London. Productions featuring debuts showcase the full range of theatre with nominees shortlisted for some of the largest productions in the West End and around the UK as well as pub, fringe and open-air theatre. Debuts made after 1 August 2019 were eligible for this year’s awards.
Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits), Robbie Williams (Take That), David Mitchell (Peep Show), Aimee Lou Wood (Netflix’s Sex Education) and the stars of West End musical Dear Evan Hansen are among the nominees for The Stage Debut Awards 2020.
For a full shortlist, click here.