The award will be presented to InterAct's founding/producing director Seth Rozin at Equity's Eastern Regional Membership meeting April 13 in New York City.
The Rosetta LeNoire Award, established in 1988, "recognizes outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human experience in American Theatre. The award is given to an individual, theatre or producing organization with an exemplary record in the hiring or promotion of ethnic minorities, female actors and actors with disabilities through multi-racial and/or non-traditional casting."
The award was named in honor of actress Rosetta LeNoire, who was the first recipient for her work in the theatre and with the then-titled Actors' Equity Association's Ethnic Minorities Committee. LeNoire also received the award for founding the AMAS Repertory Theatre Company, an organization dedicated to maintaining an "interracial company" of actors.
Founded in 1988, InterAct's mission is to "educate, as well as entertain its audiences, by producing world-class, thought-provoking productions, and by using theatre as a tool to foster positive social change in the school, the workplace and the community." InterAct has presented 78 mainstage productions, including 32 world premieres, two US premieres and over 30 regional premieres since its inception.
For more on InterAct, visit interacttheatre.org.