A community meeting to discuss the future of the Professional Theatre Council of St. Louis, the group behind the Kevin Kline awards, will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, in the Ballroom Theatre at the 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue (the old Temple Shaare Emeth, across the street from COCA).

Council board members, donors, theater professionals and patrons are invited to discuss the council's current circumstances and to make recommendations about the future of the awards. The board will meet in September.

Charlie Robin, executive director of Washington University's Edison Theatre, is president of the board, He said that the council faces significant financial problems, including tax liability, and that the board members need to decide how or if to restructure the organization.

In the past, the awards were based on ballots submitted by judges who saw plays all year, but judging was suspended in June. That means no Kevin Kline awards will be given for 2012.

Since it was organized in 2005, the council has given out awards to honor excellence in St. Louis professional theater. The awards are named for actor Kevin Kline, who grew up in Clayton.  

Judith Newmark is the Post-Dispatch's theater critic. Follow her in Culture Club and @JudithNewmark.  

Judith Newmark is the theater critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.