Shuffle Along star Brian Stokes Mitchell has been chosen to receive the 2016 Isabelle Stevenson Award at this year's Tony Awards ceremony.
The award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Mitchell will be presented the Award for his commitment to supporting members of the entertainment community in crisis or transition through his work with The Actors Fund.
Mitchell won the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for the 1999 revival of Kiss Me, Kate. His many Broadway credits include Ragtime, Man of La Mancha, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
“Stokes is a true treasure to the Broadway community, extending his time and talents beyond the stage to give back to the theatre community for more than 20 years through his work with The Actors Fund. We are thrilled to celebrate his accomplishments with this honor,” Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, said.
Mitchell became a trustee of The Actors Fund in 1998 and was elected Chairman of the Board of the organization in 2004. During his tenure as Chairman, Mitchell has headlined fundraisers that have raised in excess of $10 million for the organization. In addition, he played a large role in the creation in 2010 of The Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, which provides affordable, supportive and senior housing for the performing arts community that improves lives, creates jobs, fosters economic development and revitalizes communities. Through his work with expanding all facets of The Actors Fund, the organization now serves more than 14,000 people a year through social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, career development and housing.