“Primary Stages created the Commitment to New Plays Award to spotlight individuals who have made it a major focus of their careers to champion new plays and new playwrights,” said Casey Childs, founder and executive producer of Primary Stages, in a statement. “Since its inception, we have honored such luminaries of the American theater as Terrence McNally, Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Harvey Fierstein, and A.R. Gurney, among others.”
The Gala Chair is Tom Kirdahy.
Jamie deRoy and Ted Snowdon have been longtime board members of Primary Stages, and they have helped to produce numerous productions of new American plays on Broadway, at Primary Stages and other Off-Broadway venues. DeRoy has been a major supporter of the cabaret world as well.
Tyne Daly has spent a good deal of her theatre career focused on new plays and new play development on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre.
Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting.