Tony Awards name five special winners for 2022 – Deadline

An organization representing Asian American artists, a set designers’ union and a popular Manhattan nightclub and cabaret are among the special winners of this year’s Tony Award announced today ahead of Monday’s award nominations.

Also among the winners: Emily Grishman, a musical copyist who provides written instrumental parts and complete scores for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theater, and Broadway For All, an organization for young artists and theater professionals.

“This year’s five honorees have made outstanding contributions to our Broadway community,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theater Wing. “Their dedication, commitment and support for the arts is now greater than ever, and we are thrilled to shine a light on these organizations at this year’s Tony Honors.”

The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater were established in 1990 and are awarded annually to institutions, individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the theater field, but are not eligible for any of the established categories of the Tony Awards.

This year’s winners, announced today by tthe Tony Awards Administration Committee, are:

  • Asian American Artists Action Coalition The group’s “mission is to expand the perception of Asian American artists in order to increase their access and representation on New York City stages… More recently, to address the devastating increase in anti-Asian violence in New York City, AAPAC has partnered with IndieSpace/Indie Theater Fund, the American Theater Wing, the Dramatists Guild Foundation and The Actors Fund to launch the AAPI Emergency Transportation Fund to help ensure the safety of AAPI theater workers during their home-to-work journeys”;
  • broadway for all BFA is a Manhattan-based national organization that provides young artists and professionals with the programming, community, and vision needed to build a more inclusive and powerful arts industry. “BFA strategically integrates teenagers of diverse socioeconomic status, ethnic identities, and ZIP codes—who were designed not to meet—and bursts ideological bubbles to foster discourse among young artists.”
  • Emily Grishman A music copywriter for Broadway, Off Broadway and the regional theatre, Grisham “provides the written instrumental parts and the complete scores (music sheets) which are used by each of the musicians in the orchestra pit and by the conductor of each show, working closely with composers, orchestrators and musicians. Emily Grishman Music Preparation has overseen more than 130 Broadway productions, countless other theatrical projects (including work for most New York City non-profit theaters ), film and television projects and copy/library work for many individual artists;
  • Feinstein/54 below Founded as a place where the community celebrates Broadway performers, established and new, who sing not only the music of Broadway and The Great American Songbook, but also new material destined for the Broadway and off-Broadway stages, the club’s “superb scenic , lighting and sound designs entirely imagined by Broadway designers.For performers, writers, musicians and many others, Feinstein’s/54 Below offers the opportunity to advance their craft, expand their repertoire and develop their voice in a more personal way, which makes them stronger as artists. In addition to a creative partnership with Michael Feinstein, the executive team includes owners and nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel and Tom Viertel, creative and programming director Jennifer Ashley Tepper and restaurant general manager Mandisa Boxill;
  • United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE A national union and creative community of designers, performing artists and professionals working in the entertainment industry, Local USA 829 has represented and defended its members and professionals working in live performance, film, television and commercials through collective bargaining, action, and solidarity. “As the creative backbone of the entertainment industry, the members of Local USA 829 relentlessly improve the stories that captivate audiences. In addition to its mission to establish fair wages for designers, scenic artists and professionals, the union negotiates and advances health insurance and retirement benefits through employer contributions to retirement, health care health, 401(k) and annuity. Equally important, however, is Local USA 829’s dedication to strengthening an inclusive and anti-racist entertainment industry, which provides lasting and meaningful opportunities for underrepresented artists and workers on and off stage and on screen.

Tony Award nominations will be announced Monday, May 9 at 9 a.m. ET on the official Tony Awards YouTube page. The 75th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Ariana DeBose, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 12 on CBS and Paramount+.

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