The Rosetta LeNoire Award, established in 1988 by Actors' Equity, recognizes "outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of 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 people of color, women, and actors with disabilities through diverse and inclusive casting," according to Equity.
Lin-Manuel Miranda was presented with the award April 23 by EEO Chair Christine Toy Johnson.
"Lin-Manuel Miranda has changed the face of American theatre with his intentionally multi-cultural re-telling of American history in the musical Hamilton," said Johnson, "Miranda has taken history and turned it on its head. In casting non-Caucasian actors to portray Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and other Founding Fathers, as well as their families, Miranda has created new opportunities for performers of color and proven that non-Caucasian performers can be the face of massively commercial works of art."
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