Playwright/actor Sam Shepard is to be honoured with the first Ellen Stewart Award in New York.
Shepard will pick up the honour at the La MaMa 50 Gala at the Ellen Stewart Theatre in October (11).
Stewart, the founder and artistic director of La MaMa, died in January (11).
The award will be handed out annually to an artist who "embodies the courage and pioneering spirit that Ms. Stewart encouraged at La MaMa, an artist who carries on her ideal of challenging conventional theatrical boundaries and expanding our understanding of human potential."
Black Hawk Down star Shepard has staged numerous productions at La MaMa.