In 2007 on the initiative of the Melina Mercouri Foundation the “Melina Mercouri Theater Award” was established alongside the “Dimitris Horn Award”. The award is annual and is to be granted to the best young actress of the past theatrical season.

Together with the “Dimitris Horn Award” for best actor, they constitute two unique monetary prizes in the Greek Theater. The award-winning actress receives a brooch that belonged to Melina Mercouri while the award winning actor receives the cross that belonged to Dimitris Horn.

To qualify, candidates must be Drama School graduates or they must have started their professional acting career not longer than five years before the season for which they are being honored.

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