10 Facts to Know About The American Theatre Wing, Co-Presenter of The Tony Awards

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03 Jun 2014

William Ivey Long
William Ivey Long
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American Theatre Wing, which is dedicated to "preserving the past, celebrating the present, and fostering the future of American theatre nationwide," annually joins forces with The Broadway League to present the Tony Awards, Broadway's biggest honor. As the 68th Annual Tony Awards draw near, Playbill.com asked The Wing to supply us with 10 facts about the organization.

10 Executive director Heather Hitchens is a trained drummer who headed up New York State Council on the Arts before taking over The Wing.

9 The seat fillers at the Tony Awards each year are made up, in large part, of members of the Wing's professional development programs, including SpringboardNYC and the Theater Intern Network.

8 Chairman William Ivey Long is a leading theatrical costume designer, who has designed nearly 70 Broadway productions.

7 In 2013 The Wing invested $1.1 million into the theatre community.

6 Since 2009 The Wing has been the home of The Jonathan Larson Grant, honoring and supporting emerging composers and lyricists.


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