Dori Berinstein to Receive Robert Whitehead Award

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Three-time Tony Award-winning producer Dori Berinstein has been named the 2009 recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award.
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Berinstein will be presented with The Commercial Theater Institute's Robert Whitehead Award at a reception March 10 at Sardi's. The award, which was established in 1993, is given for "outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing."

In a statement, CTI program director Jed Bernstein said, "Dori Berinstein's passion in life is theatre. Mr. Whitehead was a mentor to Dori when she first started producing, so I'm sure he would be proud to have such a talented producer following in his footsteps."

Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, added, "As an active member of The Broadway League who sits on multiple committees and is passionately involved in enhancing audience development programs such as Kids' Night on Broadway, we know how much she values her association with CTI. Dori's tireless efforts in encouraging the next generation of theatre professionals makes this prestigious recognition well-deserved."

A joint project of The Broadway League and Theatre Development Fund, CTI — the nation's only formal training program for commercial theatre producers — was founded in 1981 by the late Frederic B. Vogel. The five-decade long career of the late Robert Whitehead inspired this award; previous recipients include Benjamin Mordecai, Dennis Grimaldi, Kevin McCollum, Randall L. Wreghitt, Marc Routh, Liz Oliver, Eric Krebs, Anne Strickland Squadron, David Binder and Nick Scandalios.

Dori Berinstein is a three-time Tony-winning Broadway producer and an award-winning director, producer and writer of television and film. She serves on the Education and Marketing Committees of The Broadway League. Her Broadway productions include Legally Blonde: The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award), The Crucible, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Tony Award), Flower Drum Song and Fool Moon (Tony Award). "ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway" marked Berinstein's documentary directorial debut. For information about CTI call (212) 586-1109 or visit

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