Condola Rashad, Daniel Sullivan, and the American Theatre Wing will receive 2019 Matador Awards for Excellence in Classical Theater during the Running of the Red Bulls gala on June 3 at the Bowery Hotel.
Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Ruined and Sweat, will present the Matador Award for Extraordinary Talent in Classical Theater to Rashad, who most recently appeared in Saint Joan as the title character. The four-time Tony nominee has also appeared in A Doll’s House, Part 2, Romeo and Juliet, Stick Fly, and The Trip to Bountiful.
Tony-winning producer Lynne Meadow (Jitney) will present Sullivan with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater. Sullivan has directed such works as Shakespeare in the Park’s The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino, Cymbeline, A Comedy of Errors, Troilus and Cressida, and this year’s upcoming production of Coriolanus. Sullivan won a 2001 Tony Award for his direction of Proof and has been nominated a total of seven times.
The American Theatre Wing will be presented with the George Mayer Matador Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater by William Ivey Long. For more than a century, the American Theatre Wing, a co-presenter of the Tony Awards, has used theatre to advance human experience, empathy and cultural growth.
Previous honorees of the Matador Awards have included Oscar Isaac, Patrick Stewart, Lynn Redgrave, Lily Rabe, Martha Plimpton, Hamish Linklater, Olympia Dukakis, Jack O’Brien, Michael Kahn, and Liev Schreiber.