Emmy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon was presented with the inaugural Jane Fonda Award, which honors an artist who has demonstrated a deep commitment to activism for social justice. Nixon has dedicated much of her career to advocating for LGBTQ+ equality, public education, and reproductive rights.
Author and educator Kevin Jennings also received the James C. Hormel “Spirit of Tectonic” Award for his advocacy in the LGBTQ+ community, which goes back to 1988, when he helped students create the nation’s first Gay-Straight Alliance club.
The Tectonic Theater Project is a not-for-profit theatre company based in New York City. The company has created and staged more than 20 plays and musicals, including artistic director and founder Moisés Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Laramie Project, Doug Wright's Pulitzer-winning I Am My Own Wife, and Kaufman's Tony Award-winning 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the Emmy Award-nominated HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project.
Proceeds from the cabaret benefited the theatre's development of new works and education programs through The Moment Work Institute.
See photos from A Tectonic Cabaret in the gallery below.