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Heather Hitchens

This time of year is one of the busiest for American Theatre Wing Executive Director Heather Hitchens. This past Tuesday she (along with the rest of the theater community) was up early for the much-awaited Tony® Award nomination announcement, marking the official beginning to Tony® season. The Tonys®, or more formally the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, were founded by the Wing in 1947 and named in honor of the organization's founder.

While the Tony® Awards remain the public face of The Wing for most of the world, Hitchens and The Wing serve the theatrical community year-round through a variety of programs designed to celebrate excellence, nurture the public's appreciation of theatre, and provide unique educational and access opportunities for both practitioners and audiences. Be sure to catch all the glitz and glamour of the Tony Awards live on Sunday, June 9th at 8pm/7pm central on CBS. Find out what her current obsession is as we get Heather On The Couch!

What do you consider to be your best asset?
Strategic focus.

What was your proudest moment?
The day I got married.

What is your favorite drink?
Dirty Red Wine.

What is your favorite food?

What is your favorite condiment?
Mignonette Sauce.

What is your current obsession?
Watching episodes of “Louie” on Netflix.

If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Using the F-Word before 9 a.m.

What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
A Tony of course! Hahahaha!

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Sending the laundry out so I don't have to make small talk with neighbors in the laundry room.

What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Tourists in Times Square.

What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

What in the world most thrills you?
Picking my husband up at his office after work and heading home together to enjoy a meal that he cooked!

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
The need to broadcast EVERY aspect of one's life in real time.

What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
Having a blueberry stuck in my tooth at the 2012 Meet The Nominees reception and not discovering it until many pictures were already taken!

What is your favorite place in the world?
At the moment…Paris!

What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Thankfully I am not in seeking mode anymore. What I value most about my husband Felix is his warmth, his sense of humor, and his sense of adventure about all things.

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I am equal opportunity in this department.

What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
If a super fast and super cheap transportation system were invented so that my husband Felix and I could get to California more easily and more often to spend time with our families.

What is your personal motto?
When in doubt practice quiet confidence!