La Mama E.T.C. to receive 2018 Regional Theatre Tony Award
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 3:56PM
Chris Rawson

Tony Awards to Broadcast Live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 10th

New York, NY (April 30, 2018) – The Tony Awards® Administration Committee has announced that, based on the recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association, La MaMa E.T.C. (Experimental Theatre Club) in New York City, will receive the 2018 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The honor is accompanied by a grant of $25,000.Ellen Stewart in 2006 (Ruby Washington/NY Times)

La MaMa E.T.C. is one of the original theatres that gave birth to the Off-Off Broadway movement in the 1960s under the leadership of founder and artistic director, Ellen Stewart (1919-2011). Since its inception it has embodied the celebration of diversity and art by supporting more than 150,000 artists from over 70 countries. Well known artists such as Sam Shepard, Diane Lane, Lanford Wilson, Elizabeth Swados, Phillip Glass, Julie Taymor, Robert Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, Adrienne Kennedy and David and Amy Sedaris began their careers at La MaMa.

“La MaMA E.T.C. is a staple of the New York theatre scene,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing. “It is an exciting space where artists can grow, create and push boundaries, and we are thrilled to be able to honor them this year.”

Today La MaMa E.T.C. continues to celebrate diversity and encourage artists to take risks creating new theatre forms that transcend boundaries of language, race and culture. The theatre presents more than 70 productions a year, and houses four separate theaters, an art gallery, a dorm for traveling artists and an extensive archive catalog. La MaMa has expanded to become a global organization with partners around the world.

The American Theatre Wing’s 72nd Annual Tony Awards will be hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, and air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 10, 2018 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from Radio City Music Hall. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The Nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards will be announced live, by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from the New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers of the Tony Awards. Weiss will also serve as director for the 19th consecutive year.

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About the Regional Theatre Tony Award

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About the Tony Awards

The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Thomas Schumacher is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is President. At the American Theatre Wing, David Henry Hwang is Chair and Heather A. Hitchens is President & CEO. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the 2018 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2018 Tony Awards.

Sponsors for the 2018 Tony Awards include: IBM - develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards digital experience anchored by TonyAwards.com; Carnegie Mellon University – the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner; Grant Thornton LLP – official accounting services partner; City National – official bank of the Tony Awards and presenting sponsor of the Creative Arts Awards; Nordstrom - official sponsor of the Red Carpet; Sofitel New York – the official hotel of the Tony Awards; Rainbow Room - official partner of the Tony Nominee Luncheon; United Airlines – the official airline of the Tony Awards for the last 18 years and People/Entertainment Weekly – official magazine partners of the Tony Awards.

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