Kushner is also one of seven outstanding artists and cultural leaders who will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. Along with Kushner, Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi will present honorary degrees to Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tony Bennett, Juilliard alumna Patti LuPone, opera director and former Juilliard faculty member Frank Corsaro, L.A.-based philanthropist Glorya Kaufman and musicologist and Mahler scholar Henry-Louis de La Grange. Kushner won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his groundbreaking two-part epic Angels in America. His other plays include Short Talks on the Universe, A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydriotaphia, Homebody/Kabul, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and the book to the Tony-nominated musical Caroline, or Change. The Signature Theatre Company will present repertory productions of Angels in America Off-Broadway in September.
The Juilliard commencement will take place at 11 AM on May 21 in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.