Jeanine Tesori, the Tony Award-winning composer of Fun Home, will be honored as an “extraordinary mentor” at the May 11 Spring Fling gala, given by New York’s Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan.
Tesori, who also composed Shrek, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, or Change, and other Broadway musicals, will accept the troupe’s Einhorn Mentorship Award, which recognizes “a leader who inspires and advocates for the next generation of artists, embodies the values and exuberant energy Annie and Marvin Einhorn were known for, and serves as an extraordinary mentor in our community.”
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of ESPA, the evening will feature performances and tributes from Primary Stages founding director Casey Childs, performers Shaina Taub and Chesney Snow, director Leigh Silverman, and theatre folk Joshua Allen, Ayodele Casel, Tessa LaNeve, Melissa Ross, and Ellen Einhorn Zerkin. The evening will be directed by Michelle Bossy.
Founded in 1984 to discover and nurture new playwrights, Primary Stages will also honor Tanya Barfield, Cusi Cram, and Jimmy Carbone.
The event begins at 6 PM at The Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street. Tickets and sponsorship packages can be ordered at Primarystages.org/gala.