League of Professional Theater Women presents its Theater Women Awards on June 7
Tony nominated and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons; The artistic director of the Tank Meghan Finn; hair, wig and makeup designer Cookie Jordan; lyricist and librettist Sheilah Rae; director Taylor Reynolds; the interpreter Stéphanie Berry; and director and playwright Mei Ann Teo are honored at the Theater Women Awards on June 7. The League of Professional Theater Women’s Virtual Gala begins at 7 p.m. ET.
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Parsons receives the LPTW Lifetime Achievement Award. The multi-hyphen was last seen on Broadway in The velocity of autumn in 2014, for which she received her fifth Tony nomination. Although she has spent most of her professional life in the theater, she is best known for her Oscar-winning performance in Bonnie and Clyde and his recurring role in the sitcom Roseanne. His most recent New York appearance was at Playwrights Horizons in Michael Friedman’s musical. Unknown Soldier. As a director, she created the New York Shakespeare Festival Players for Joseph Papp in the 1980s.
Berry is the recipient of the Lee Reynolds Award, an award given to a stage actress whose work has helped to illuminate possibilities for social, cultural or political change. Among his credits are Donja Love Sugar in our wounds and that of Emily Mann Gloria: a life.
The Lucille Lortel Prize is awarded to Taylor Reynolds, a New York director and one of the leading artistic producers of The Movement Theater Company. The prize is reserved for a woman of the theater whose creative promise deserves to be recognized.
Finn has directed nationally and internationally and is awarded the Lucille Lortel Visionary Award, for a woman artist with great creative promise. Finn’s work includes premieres by playwrights Mac Wellman, Caitlyn Saylor Stephens, Julia May Jonas and a film by Peggy Stafford.
The Ruth Morley Design Award, awarded to women theater designers of all genres, goes to Jordan. His work on Broadway includes slave game, The Cher show, and Once on this island, among others.
Rae receives a special LPTW award for his service to the industry as a lyricist and librettist, as well as for his service to the League as past president. A former Broadway student, she has written several musicals with Michele Brourman and Debra Barsha, is a five-time Heideman Award finalist and is currently working on a musical that she hopes to launch as a television series.
Teo, a queer immigrant from Singapore, creates theater across genres, including musical theater, intermediate participatory work, reinventing classics and documentary theater, and receiving the Josephine Abady Award as a female theater artist who has created a work of cultural diversity.
The League of Professional Theater Women has been leading the conversation about gender parity in professional theater for over 35 years with its mission to advocate, promote and celebrate the voices, presence and visibility of professional women in theater and to advocate in favor of parity and the recognition of women. in the theater in all disciplines. To learn more, visit Women’s Theater.org.