Beane, AADA class of 1980, is a Tony Award nominee for The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu and Sister Act. He also wrote the book for Lysistrata Jones. For more on Beane's theatrical history, visit the Playbill Vault.
Brescia, who will be the closing speaker at the ceremony, is a graduate of the class of 1991. The performer, who currently stars in Broadway's Mamma Mia!, has also been seen on Broadway in The Woman in White, Wicked and Aida, among others. For more on Brescia's theatrical history, visit the Playbill Vault.
Baker, who will present the Max Fischer Award, is a graduate of the class of 1979 and recipient of the Max Fischer Award. She has been seen on Broadway in The Normal Heart and Garden District. For more on Baker's theatrical history, visit the Playbill Vault.
Other speakers and award presenters include playwright Derek Ahonen, class of 2001, and actress Jennifer Fouche, class of 2007. Susan Zech is president of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.