In 2006, at an Extraordinary Congress for IATC to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Thalia Prize was presented for the first time. The Prize, generously sponsored by Romania’s Craiova Shakespeare Foundation, consists of a cane topped with a figure in silver of the Greek muse of comedy after whom it is named. It is presented every other year to someone who, in the view of the Association, has caused a change in critics’ thinking through his or her writings.
The 10-year-old prize has been awarded to: UK-born critic, Eric Bentley (2006), Jean-Pierre Sarrazac (2008), Richard Schechner (2010), Kapila Vatsyayan (2012), Eugenio Barba (2014) and now to Femi Osofisan (2016). IATC 28th World Congress, Belgrade, Sept. 28, 2016.