Roundabout Theatre Company was recognized at the New York Urban League's 17th annual Champions of Diversity Awards Breakfast February 10. The Manhattan theatre company, under the leadership of Todd Haimes, was honored for its commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in theatre.
A hundred years in service, NYUL is committed to the education and employment progression of disadvantaged New Yorkers. The organization chose to honor Roundabout for its programming, professional development and training opportunities, and education programs for New York City youth.
“Roundabout Theatre Company embodies all that is forthright and steadfast in their approach to making a difference in the theatre industry,” said Arva R. Rice, president and CEO of the New York Urban League. “We could think of no better cultural institution to spotlight in our centennial year than Roundabout. Under the leadership and vision of Todd Haimes, their efforts are literally helping to transform the face of Broadway and the theatre industry as a whole to more accurately reflect the true nature of our society as well as the voices—and audiences—that comprise it.”
The honor marked the first time that the NYUL has recognized a nonprofit cultural institution since launching the Champions of Diversity Awards in 2003.
On Broadway, Roundabout is currently represented with the revival of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1981 drama, A Soldier's Play. In RTC's Off-Broadway theatre, previews are underway for the world premiere of Hilary Bettis' 72 Miles to Go...