In a statement, Nick Wyman and Mary McColl, president and executive director, respectively, of the Actors' Equity Association, said, "Actors' Equity Association is honored to receive a Special Tony recognizing our Centennial Celebration at this year’s Tony Ceremony on June 10, 2012. This award recognizes the innumerable contributions our members have made to the theatre and the theatre has made to our country these 100 years. Theatre is a tremendous asset to the cultural fabric of America and we are proud to be at the forefront of making plays and musicals come alive for audiences across the nation. "On behalf of our Officers, Councillors, Members and Staff, we would like to thank the Tony Administration Committee for this honor."
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to "advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society."