An organization representing Asian-American performers, a union of stage designers and a popular cabaret nightclub in Manhattan were among this year’s winners of this year’s Tony Special Prize, announced today ahead of Monday’s nominations.
Also among the winners: Emily Grishman, a music copyist who presents written instrumental parts and full scores for Broadway, non-Broadway and regional theater, and Broadway For All, an organization for young theater artists and professionals.
“All five of this year’s winners have made outstanding contributions to our Broadway community,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theater Wing. “Their dedication, commitment and support for the arts is more important now than ever, and we are excited to highlight these organizations at this year’s Tony Awards.”
The Tony awards for outstanding achievements in theater were founded in 1990 and are awarded annually to institutions, individuals and / or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in theater but are not eligible in any of the established Tony Award categories.
This year’s winners, announced today the Tony Awards Administrative Committee, are:
- Asia-America Coalition of Performers “The group’s mission is to broaden the understanding of Asian American performers, to increase their access to New York scenes and their representation … Most recently, to address the devastating rise of anti-Asian violence in New York, AAPAC is working with IndieSpace / Indie Theater Fund, American Theater Wing, The Dramatists Guild Foundation and The Actors Fund to launch the AAPI Emergency Transportation Fund to ensure the safety of AAPI theater workers during commute to and from work ”;
- Broadway for everyone The BFA is a national organization from Manhattan that gives young artists and professionals a program, community and vision to create a more inclusive and powerful arts industry. “The BFA strategically brings together adolescents with diverse socioeconomic status, ethnic identity and zip codes that were not designed to meet, and bursts ideological bubbles to foster discourse among young artists.”
- Emily Grishman A music scribe for Broadway, Off Broadway and Regional Theater, Grisham “provides written instrumental parts and full scores (notes) used by each of the musicians in the orchestra pit and conductor of each show, working closely with composers, orchestrators and actors. Emily Grishman Music Preparation has overseen more than 130 Broadway productions, countless other theatrical events (including work for most New York nonprofit theaters), film and television projects, and copy / library work for many individual artists;
- Feinstein / 54 Below Founded as a place for the community to celebrate Broadway performers, both famous and new, who sing not only Broadway and American songwriting, but also new material for Broadway and non-Broadway scenes, the club has “excellent stage, lighting and sound design. completely invented by Broadway designers. For performers, writers, musicians and more, Feinstein’s / 54 Below provides an opportunity to promote their skills, expand their repertoire and develop their voice in a more personal way, making them stronger as artists. ” Along with a creative partnership with Michael Feinstein, the management team includes owners and nine-time Tony Award winners Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel and Tom Wirtel, Creative and Software Director Jennifer Ashley and director Jennifer Eschelpely;
- United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE A national union and creative community of designers, stage artists and professionals working in the entertainment industry, Local USA 829 represents and advocates for its members and professionals working live, in film, on television and in advertising through collective bargaining, action, and solidarity. “As the creative backbone of the entertainment industry, members of Local USA 829 are relentlessly perfecting stories that captivate audiences. In addition to its mission to establish a fair wage for designers, artists and professionals, the union negotiates and promotes health insurance and pension payments through employer contributions to pensions, health care, 401 (k) and annuities. Equally important, however, is Local USA 829’s commitment to strengthening an inclusive, anti-racist entertainment industry that provides sustainable and significant opportunities for underrepresented artists and workers on and off stage. ”
Nominations for the Tony Awards will be announced on Monday, May 9, at 9 a.m. ET on the official Tony Awards YouTube page. Ariana Deboz’s 75th annual Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 12, on CBS and Paramount +.