THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP TO HONOR TONY KUSHNER, RICK MIRAMONTEZ, AND MARTHA A. INGRAM AT ANNUAL GALA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
PULITZER PRIZE WINNING-PLAYWRIGHT
BROADWAY PRESS AGENT
AND ARTS PHILANTHROPIST
MARTHA R. INGRAM
TO BE HONORED AT ANNUAL
THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
TO CELEBRATE THESE TRAILBLAZERS
ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019
AT THE EDISON BALLROOM
New York, NY (October 10, 2018) – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) 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 Chairman Emerita of Ingram Industries, Inc., Martha R. Ingram. The Gala will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 at New York’s famed Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street). Jordan Roth and Richie Jackson will serve as Co-Chairs of the event.
TCG’s Executive Director and CEO Teresa Eyring said, “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.”
TCG will also celebrate its long-standing commitment to advancing leaders of color in the field and the many programs that support these efforts. Proceeds from the Gala benefit TCG’s wide-ranging programs to strengthen and promote the multi-generational theatre field, while making a better world because of theatre.
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).
Tony Kushner‘s plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts Oneand Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; the musical Caroline, 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 of Angels In America, and for Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln. His books include Brundibar, 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 Olivier Award, 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.
She 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.
TCG 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).
For over 55 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for U.S. theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not-for-profit theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 Member Theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research, and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG’s partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 16 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its Member Theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. www.tcg.org.
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