Congrats to American Theatre Wing president Isabelle Stevenson, who will receive the Elizabeth Chapin Award for Volunteers in the Arts, Feb. 12, at NYC's Waldorf Astoria. The honor, given by New Yorker magazine as part of its "New York Awards," goes to Stevenson for the Wings' numerous programs in the service of the American theatre. Among those programs are the "Working in the Theatre" seminars (founded by Stevenson), where stars and artisans answer questions about their craft; "The Hospital Program," bringing theatre to the ailing;" and various grants and scholarships. The Wing is best known for administering the Broadway Tony Awards.
Stevenson has headed ATW for 32 years, but long before that she was hailed as "the blonde Josephine Baker" when appearing in revues in Paris and in Earl Carroll's Vanities on Broadway. A former board member of New Dramatists, Stevenson now devotes all her time to the Wing and the Tonys.
-- By David Lefkowitz