The Richard Bauer Award for outstanding contributions to the performing arts in the Washington area is presented on an occasional basis to a members of the local theater community whose work is included in the WAPAVA Archive.
- Michael Kahn, 2010
- Jerry Whiddon, 2005
- Jim Taylor, 2005 (Posthumous)
- Ted Van Griethusen, 2004
- The League of Washington Theaters, 2003
- Richard Bauer, 2002 (Posthumous)
Richard Bauer (1939-1999) was a beloved mainstay of the Washington acting community, especially at Arena Stage, where he played over 100 roles.