Committed to Advancing Leaders of Color in the Field
Theatre Communications Group is thrilled to announce that its
2019 Gala will honor Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner; Broadway press agent, and President of
DKC/O&M, Rick Miramontez; and arts philanthropist, and Chair Emeritus of Ingram Industries, Martha R. Ingram. TCG will also celebrate its long-standing
commitment to advancing leaders of color in the field and the many programs
that support these efforts. The Gala will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019
at New York’s famed Edison Ballroom in New York City. Producers Jordan Roth and Richie Jackson will serve as Co-Chairs of the event.
“Our annual Gala has become a
much-anticipated event, that bridges theatre worlds, from non-profit to
commercial, from our New York-based resident theatres to the resident theatre
community nationwide. We are humbled to be able to honor and celebrate
individuals whose astounding vision and commitment have benefited all of these
worlds.” – Teresa Eyring, TCG
Executive Director and CEO
Proceeds support TCG’s wide-ranging programs to strengthen
and promote the multi-generational theatre field, while making a better world
for and because of theatre.
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Tony Kushner's plays
Bright Room Called Day; Angels
in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; the
or Change and
the opera A
Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, both with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The
Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism
With A Key To The
Scriptures. He has adapted
and translated Pierre Corneille's The
Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The
Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht's The
Good Person of Szechwan and Mother
Courage and Her Children; and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by
Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols' film
in America, and for Steven Spielberg's Munich and Lincoln.
His books include Brundibár, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The
Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling
with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli
Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer
Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an
an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and
the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright
Award, among other honors. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by
President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.
Rick Miramontez began
his career, direct from college, as the press director of the Center Theatre
Group / Ahmanson Theatre where he organized the campaigns for more than 25
major productions. He was the press director for the 1987 and 1990 Los Angeles
Festival (the latter under the direction of Peter Sellars), seminal events in the
American cultural world, where he introduced Cirque du Soleil to the U.S.
media, as well as Peter Brook’s epic The Mahabharata. From 1988-1996,
Miramontez headed his own firm, Rick Miramontez Company, which represented many
of the major arts events on the West Coast. His office, located in the art deco
headquarters of La Opinion, was a hub partly responsible for the renaissance of
the new Downtown L.A. In New York as President and Founder of O&M Co. he
has represented many of Broadway's Tony Award-winning hits, including Dear Evan
Hansen; Hello, Dolly!; Fun Home; Kinky Boots, Beautiful; The Humans; Clybourne
Park; Hair; School of Rock; Hello, Dolly!; Cats; and Spider-Man: Turn Off The
Dark, to name a few, as well as the Curran theater in San Francisco.
Martha Rivers Ingram is
the Chairman Emerita Ingram Industries Inc., one of America’s largest privately
held companies. Ingram Industries includes Ingram Marine Group and Ingram
Content Group, which are leaders respectively in the inland marine and book industries.
Mrs. Ingram has been widely recognized as a leader in educational and civic
organizations and the arts. She has served as board chairman at Vanderbilt
University, the Nashville Symphony Association, Spoleto Festival USA, and
Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. Currently, she is chair of the Gaillard
Foundation in Charleston, SC and sits on the boards of the Symphony and the
Nashville Opera. In 1985, she co-founded the Nashville Repertory Theatre, where
she continues her board service today.
has taken leading roles in supporting and developing spectacular cultural
homes, among them the Nashville Symphony’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the
Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Among the numerous awards and honors Mrs.
Ingram has received are the Americans for the Arts “Eli and Edythe Broad Award
for Philanthropy in the Arts,” and awards for lifetime achievement from the
Kennedy Center, The Business Committee for the Arts Inc., and the Spoleto
Festival USA. Mrs. Ingram is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, and a 1957
graduate of Vassar College. She has four children, twelve grandchildren, and
one great grandchild.
Theatre Communications Group is
dedicated to creating a more equitable and diverse theatre landscape by
supporting the professional development of early-career leaders of color in the
arts. These programs are changing the face of the theatre field by nurturing
and supporting an intergenerational network of leaders of color at various
stages in their careers, and by providing a professional development curriculum
to deepen Equity, Diversity and Inclusion analysis and leadership tools to
enhance the careers of participants. Participants in these programs receive a
wide-range of benefits and opportunities, which may include which include
professional development workshops; special topic webinars; participation in
convenings such as the TCG National Conference, Fall Forum and Audience
(R)Evolution mini-convenings; access to a national network of peers and veteran
leaders in the field; one-on-one career counseling with TCG staff; job search
training; and a variety of networking opportunities. TCG programs dedicated to this effort have included: Leadership U[niversity], New Generations, SPARK,
Rising Leaders of Color (RLC), and Young Leaders of Color Program (YLC).
Past honorees at the TCG annual gala—now in its seventh year— include actor Brian Dennehy, director Kenny Leon, playwright Lynn Nottage, actress and playwright Danai Gurira, theatrical producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey, set designer Ming Cho Lee, lighting designer Jules Fisher, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Vilcek Foundation, producers Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Judith O. Rubin, and the creators of War Paint (Scott Frankel, Michael Greif, Michael Korie, and Doug Wright).