The RING AWARD is well known as an international competition for stage direction and stage design in the musical theatre. It offers emerging, not yet securely established stage directors and designers a professional platform for planning and realizing actual theatre performances and awards prizes to them for outstanding achievements in their work. The RING AWARD is still the only institution of its kind setting the task of reflecting most recent developments in the staging of works for the musical theatre. It gives young artists a chance of finding international resonance for their ideas of what contemporary musical theatre should be like. By thus stimulating the creative potential of present-day theatre the RING AWARD has gained a reputation for being a springboard for promising young talents both in Europe and beyond.