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New York, NY (January 8, 2019) – The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President & CEO) is proud to announce that two alumni from Wing programming, Daniel Bellomy and Marcus Gladney, will be making their Broadway debuts tonight, with the Opening Night of Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Daniel Bellomy participated in the Wing’s college-to-career SpringboardNYC program in 2012.

“The summer SpringboardNYC program was an incredible experience that offered so much preparation in moving to the city and beginning my career in the arts. The amount of information and networks that it exposed me to gave me some necessary direction to successfully navigate the arts and entertainment industry. It demystified the smoke-and-mirrors and encouraged me that I could, like any other career, plan my way to success. Thank you American Theatre Wing for all of your support,” said Daniel Bellomy.

Marcus Gladney received an Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarship in 2017 to attend Carnegie Mellon University.

“The ALW Initiative Scholarship is the ONLY reason I am where I am today. I was blessed to be accepted into Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, but the expenses were too much for my family to handle. Through the scholarship, I was able to attend and train at one of the best conservatory programs in the world. I am forever grateful for the doors the American Theatre Wing has opened for me in my journey as a theatre artist,” said Marcus Gladney.

“One of the Wing’s missions is to help foster the next generation of theater artists. We are thrilled that Daniel and Marcus, both of whom have benefitted from our programming, will be celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime moment making their Broadway debuts tonight.” said Heather Hitchens, President & CEO, American Theatre Wing.

Applications are currently open for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarships, with materials due Friday, January 25. Applications are also currently open for SpringboardNYC, with materials due Thursday, February 28. Please visit americantheatrewing.org for more information for how to apply for these programs.


Daniel Bellomy is making his Broadway debut in Choir Boy! Daniel is a Detroit native and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Daniel has appeared in feature films such as Trudie Styler’s Freak Show and as famed basketball player Kevin Durant in the Lifetime original film “The Real MVP: The Wanda Pratt Story.” Daniel’s television credits include David Simon’s “The Deuce” and the upcoming “Mrs. Fletcher” both for HBO. Daniel recently returned from performing in The Black Clown at A.R.T. Daniel resides in NYC and is represented by Buchwald and One Entertainment.

Marcus Gladney is making his Broadway debut in Choir Boy! Credits: Newsies, School of Rock, Mamma Mia!, The Little Mermaid. Winner of the inaugural Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarship through the American Theatre Wing. Thanks to God, family and friends, Mark Redanty, Don Wadsworth, BMACWOOD, Keith Cromwell, Red Mountain Theatre Company and Carnegie Mellon University. @mawhcus


SpringboardNYC brings college actors into the epicenter of American theatre—New York City—in an intensive program that connects young talent to the knowledge, tools and connections necessary to become part of New York’s vital theatre culture. An in-depth program happening in parallel to the Tony Awards, Springboard is taught by renowned members of the contemporary theatre. The Springboard curriculum includes workshops, seminars, master classes, and access to important work on Broadway and off. Springboard connects students to inside knowledge and industry players, creating major opportunities for young actors that put them at a professional advantage. Springboard forges connections between fellow actors at the start of their career, building a community of contemporaries for those new to New York and theatre’s professional realm. Here, students create their own community and theatre network built on the friendships they make. The program also serves as most young actors first direct contact with The Wing, initiating a lifetime connection to the organization and its extensive support.


The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative provides students at all levels with enhanced theatre education to initiate meaningful relationships with theatre in childhood and open doors for pursuing theatre as children become young adults. By fostering lifelong engagement with theatre through educational avenues, we provide diverse young people across the nation newfound access to industry success. The initiative is how we rebuild the established path to working in the theatre industry. We reach students across the nation at an early age to make theatre transcend background, creating access to industry opportunities for all who seek them. The initiative provides classroom grants to create or enhance theatre programs in our nation’s under-resourced schools. Scholarships for afterschool and summer training programs, and tuition support for students pursuing theatre in higher education, provide support on the individual level to students determined to make a career in theatre. The initiative expands The Wing’s legacy commitment to education and diversity. We expose diverse people and places to theatre, using performing arts education to give every student the opportunity to play a role in the American theatre.


One hundred years ago, on the eve of America’s entry into World War I, seven suffragettes—all women of the theatre—came together to form The Stage Women’s War Relief. A century later, the spirit and vision behind the founding of American Theatre Wing remains a touchstone for all we do. The Wing continues to champion bravery, with a focus on developing the next generation of brave artists. We envision an American Theatre that is as vital, multi-faceted, and diverse as the American people.

The Wing’s programs span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre. We provide theatre education opportunities for underserved students through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, develop the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC, Theatre Intern Network, and SwingSeats programs, incubate innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, support emerging musical theatre songwriters through the Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge (co-presented with the NEA) and the Jonathan Larson® Grants, and illuminate the creative process through the Emmy-nominated “Working in the Theatre” documentary series. In addition to founding the Tony Awards®, which are co-presented with The Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing co-presents the Obie Awards®, Off Broadway’s Highest Honor, with The Village Voice.

Visitors to AmericanTheatreWing.org can gain inspiration and insight into the artistic process through the Wing’s extensive media collection, and learn more about its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences. Follow the Wing on Twitter and Instagram @TheWing, and on Facebook.com/TheAmericanTheatreWing.

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