The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), which is committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, will recognize the talents of six women — Micki Grant, Jane Cox, Ari Laura Kreith, Lisa Kron, Lear DeBessonet and Elsa Rael — at the League's 2016 Awards Celebration & Big Mingle, hosted by five-time Tony Award nominee Estelle Parsons, May 2 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street).
Micki Grant, three-time Tony nominee, will be presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award by James Morgan (producing artistic director of The York Theatre Company).
The Ruth Morley Design Award, initiated in 1998 in honor of costume designer Ruth Morley, is given annually to an outstanding female theatre designer in the field of costumes, scenery, lighting or special effects. John Doyle will present this year's award to set designer Jane Cox (Color Purple, Noises Off and Hamlet).
The Lucille Lortel Award, given annually to "an aspiring woman in any discipline of theatre who is showing great creative promise and deserves recognition and encouragement," will be presented to Ari Laura Kreith, artistic director of Theatre 167, by Tina Howe.
The Lee Reynolds Award, in memory of producer and League member Lee Reynolds, is given annually to "a woman or women active in any aspect of theatre whose work through the medium of theatre has helped to illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural or political change." Lisa Kron (also representing Jeanine Tesori) will be presented the award by director Sam Gold for their work on Broadway's Fun Home.
The Josephine Abady Award, given in memory of stage and artistic director Josephine R. Abady to a "woman emerging theatre artist who has created work of cultural diversity," will be presented to Lear DeBessonet, director of Public Works at the Public Theater. She will be presented with the award by Anne Bogart.
Elsa Rael, playwright and founder of Professional Older Women's Theater and Women In Arts & Media Coalition, will receive a LPTW Special Award, presented by Shellen Lubin.