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2017 LPTW Awards Celebration & Big Mingle!

March 31 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


The League of Professional Theatre Women cordially invites you to our annual Awards Celebration Ceremony and Big Mingle! 

Friday March 31st
from 6:30pm-10pm


Awards Celebration at the TimesCenter
242 West 41st St 
Doors open at 6:30, we will begin at 6:45pm.

Big Mingle directly after at Sardi’s
234 West 44th Street
8:30pm cocktail reception with the awardees & honored guests.

The reception is sponsored by our friends at:

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity


Enter our raffle to win a New England Getaway
*Scroll down for prize details!



Hosted by Tamara Tunie

Theresa Rebeck & Daryl Roth,
Advisory Council Co-Chairs

Carol Hall 
The Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by Julie Gilbert

Lileana Blain-Cruz
The Josephine Abady Award
Presented by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Jess Chayes
The LPTW Lucille Lortel Award
Presented by Neil Pepe

Emily Simoness
The LPTW Lucille Lortel Visionary Award
Presented by Madeleine George and Mfoniso Udofia

Linda Cho
The Ruth Morley Design Award
Presented by Darko Tresnjak

Liesl Tommy
The Lee Reynolds Award
Presented by Lynn Nottage

A little something about the awardees:

Carol Hall -LTACAROL HALL (Composer-Lyricist-Playwright)

Carol Hall’s songs have been performed by such extraordinary singers as Tony Bennett, Barbara Cook, Barbra Streisand, Chita Rivera, Mabel Mercer, Marlo Thomas, RuPaul, Frederica von Stade, Kermit the Frog and Big Bird. Her Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas won two Drama Desk Awards, a Grammy nomination for its cast album and became a popular film starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Dolly’s recording of Carol’s song “Hard Candy Christmas” generated an ASCAP “Most Performed Country Song” Award. Recently, Cyndi Lauper recorded it with Alison Krauss, and this season, Reba McEntire included the song in her “My Kind of Christmas” CD. The song is listed among “The Best Christmas Songs Ever.” WHOREHOUSE continues to be one of the most endearing and popular musicals performed around the world.

Other theater scores are: Good Sports (Goodspeed Opera,)  Are We There Yet? (Williamstown Theater Festival,) To Whom It May Concern (Off-Broadway) and (lyrics) Paper Moon (Paper Mill Playhouse,) and, most recently, lyrics for a musical based on Truman Capote’s classic story A Christmas Memory (book: Duane Poole, music: Larry Grossman.) A particular joy of Carol’s is writing for children. For ten years, she wrote for Sesame Street and was one of the major contributors to Marlo Thomas’ ground-breaking “Free to Be… You and Me”  (Emmy Award, Gold album). Her first non-musical work, The Days are As Grass, is licensed by Samuel French. Hall is a Lifetime Member of the Dramatists Guild Council and a major supporter of the Dramatists Guild Fund.  www.carolhall.net

Lileana Blain Cruz HeadshotLILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ

(Theatre Director)

Recent projects include Suzan Lori-Parks’  The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Signature Theater), a devised production of SALOME (LMCC on Governor’s Island, Jack)Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins War (LCT3, Yale Rep), Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Soho Rep),  Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo (New York Theater Workshop), Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival);  Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots  (Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater); a new translation of The Bakkhai (Fisher Center of Performing Arts at Bard College); A Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic, a collaboration with Jacobs-Jenkins and choreographer Isabel Lewis (Dance New Amsterdam). MFA Yale School of Drama. Upcoming projects include Henry IV Part 1 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Bluest Eye at the Guthrie, and Dominique Morrisseau’s Pipeline at Lincoln Center.

JJess Chayes-November 18, 20164129ESS CHAYES (Theatre Director)

Jess is a Brooklyn-based director and founding co-artistic director of The Assembly, with whom she has co-created and directed eight original productions, including I Will Look Forward To This Later (New Ohio Theater/IRT Theater Archive Residency) and HOME/SICK (NY Times and Backstage Critics’ Pick). Recent directing includes Half Moon Bay (Lesser America), Primal Play (New Georges), The Bachelors (Williamstown Theater Festival), The Sister (Dutch Kills), and The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova). She has developed new work with The Vineyard Theatre, The Playwrights Center and New York Theatre Workshop, among others. Jess is a NYTW Usual Suspect, a co-founder of The New Georges Jam artists’ lab, and alum of The Civilians R&D Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Associate Director on Peter and the Starcatcher (Brooks Atkinson Theater and New World Stages) and Misery (Broadhurst Theater). www.jesschayes.com

Emily - visionaryEMILY SIMONESS (Executive Director) 

Emily is an entrepreneur, teacher, facilitator, motivational speaker and the founder and Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit artist residency program committed to supporting and developing artists and activists and their work. Housed on 130 acres of organic farmland in Brewster, NY, SPACE has quickly become one of the premier centers for new play development in the country. Additionally, she has developed and taught curriculum for The North Carolina School of the Arts and NYU. In ‘13, she was the chief of staff for the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition. In ‘15 she gave a talk at TEDx Broadway. Emily holds a BFA from UNCSA where she is the inaugural Kenan Arts Research Fellow. She’s on the Advisory Board of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and is on the Board of Directors for Ryder Farm Inc., the entity that owns Ryder Farm. www.spaceonryderfarm.org

Linda Cho -morleyLINDA CHO (Costume Designer)

Among her successes in theater have been the Broadway productions of A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award), The Velocity of Autumn, and the upcoming new musical Anastasia. Off-Broadway: Theatre for a New Audience; Manhattan Theatre Club; Second Stage; The Public; Classic Stage Company; Atlantic Theater Company. Regional: Hartford Stage; Long Wharf; The Old Globe; Berkeley Rep; La Jolla Playhouse; Arena Stage; The Guthrie; The Goodman; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; ACT (San Francisco); Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Goodspeed. Opera: Los Angeles Opera; Virginia Opera; Opera Theatre of St. Louis. International: The Stratford Shakespeare Festival; The Royal Shakespeare Company; Canadian Stage Company. Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and the proud recipient of the Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. She received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, her undergraduate degree from McGill University, and a Certificate of Fine Arts and Fashion from the Paris American Academy.


LieselLIESL TOMMY (Theatre Director)

Leisl is an award-winning stage director. Her credits include the Broadway and Public Theater productions of Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed, starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (Tony Award Nomination for Best Director), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Appropriate at the Signature Theatre, and Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Good Negro at the Public Theater. World premieres also include: Kid Victory, Party People, A Melancholy Play. Other credits: The Good Negro, The Urban Retreat, Les Misérables, Hamlet, A Raisin in the Sun, The Piano Lesson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Ruined. She has worked at DTC, California Shakespeare Theater, Center Stage, Sundance East Africa, among others. Tommy is ssociate Director at Berkeley Rep and serves as a Program Associate and Artist Trustee at Sundance Institute Theatre Program. She facilitated the inaugural Sundance East Africa Theatre Director’s Lab. Awards: Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Pioneer of the Arts Award, Lillian Hellman Award, Alan Schneider Award, Susan Stroman Award, an NEA/TCG Directors Grant, and NYTW Casting/Directing Fellowship.


Enter to win a New England Getaway in the Big Mingle Raffle!


Gift certificate for two (2) nights in luxury lodging for 2 people​ at The Wilburton Inn, a grand  3​0-acre country estate in historic Manchester Village, Vermont. Breakfast is included as well as a tour of the Inn’s sculpture gardens and museum and a loaf of artisanal organic bread from Earth Sky Time Bakery.

The Wilburton Inn features magnificent views of the Green Mountains, tennis, swimming, walking trails and an extensive art collection.  The mansion was built in 1902 and retains its ​historic detail and antique furnishings. A number of fine golf courses are nearby as are excellent skiing, hiking, canoeing, biking, fishing and shopping. Manchester is a year-round resort, an easy 4 hour drive from NYC. For photos and more information, visit the website: www.Wilburton.com

Donated by The Levis family.
Value: ​up to ​$600.

Fine print: Mutually agreeable non-holiday, off-peak date to be arranged. Inn gift certificate does not include tax and expires 

May 1, 2018.  ​No cash value. ​

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2 Tickets to one Main Stage production in Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2017 Season. Tickets are subject to availability; voucher expires August 20, 2017. www.wtfestival.org


If you are not able to join us at the Big Mingle, please help support LPTW by CLICKING HERE to purchase raffle tickets:

1 for $10 
3 for $25
8 for $50




March 31
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm