American Theatre Wing

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The American Theatre Wing (the Wing for short) is a New York City–based organization "dedicated to supporting excellence and education in theatre", according to its mission statement.wikipedia
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Tony Award

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The ATW created and sponsors the Tony Awards in theatrical arts.
The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in Midtown Manhattan.

Rachel Crothers

Its founders, led by playwright and director Rachel Crothers, included the actress and playwright Louise Closser Hale and actresses Dorothy Donnelly, Josephine Hull, Minnie Dupree, Elizabeth Tyree and Louise Drew. At the beginning of World War II in 1939, Crothers reestablished the Stage Women's War Relief as a branch of the British War Relief Society.
She established a number of organizations to improve the welfare of her theatrical colleagues: the United Theatre Relief Committee, the Stage Relief Fund (director from 1932 to 1951), the Stage Women's War Relief Fund, and the American Theatre Wing for War Relief, which operated the famed Stage Door Canteen, and remained its executive director until 1950.

Antoinette Perry

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The revived organization's members included Mary Antoinette "Toni" Perry, Helen Hayes, Lynn Fontaine, and Tallulah Bankhead.
Mary Antoinette "Tony" Perry (June 27, 1888 – June 28, 1946) was an American actress, director and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.

Stage Door Canteen (film)

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The Stage Door Canteen made its way into national popular culture with a 1942 weekly radio show and a 1943 movie called Stage Door Canteen.
Stage Door Canteen was made under the auspices of the American Theatre Wing.

Stage Door Canteen

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Under the leadership of Perry and Crothers, the Wing opened the Stage Door Canteen to entertain American servicemen in New York.
With actress Nedda Harrigan leading the effort, the canteen opened March 2, 1942, by the American Theatre Wing, and operated seven nights a week in the previously unoccupied Little Club under the 44th Street Theatre at 216 West 44th Street in Manhattan.

44th Street Theatre

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The first canteen was in the basement of the 44th Street Theatre, and similar entertainment and dining venues were established in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Cleveland, Newark, and San Francisco, as well as abroad in London and Paris.
When the American Theatre Wing requested the basement club as an entertainment venue for servicemen, Shubert gave them the property without charge.

Isabelle Stevenson Award

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A special non-competitive Tony Award, for humanitarian or charitable work, is named in her honor, and is called The Isabelle Stevenson Award.
The award is named for the late president of the American Theatre Wing, Isabelle Stevenson, and was first presented at the 2009 Tony Awards ceremony.

Working in the Theatre (series)

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Working in the Theatre is the American Theatre Wing’s documentary series created to highlight the theatre industry's inner-workings.

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury currently serves as honorary chairman and Heather A. Hitchens is President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing.
Lansbury gained a scholarship from the American Theatre Wing allowing her to study at the Feagin School of Drama and Radio, where she appeared in performances of William Congreve's The Way of the World and Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan.

The Broadway League

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In 1967, it partnered with the League of American Theatres and Producers, now called The Broadway League, to present them on nationwide network television.
The Tony Awards are presented by the Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of American Theatre Wing and the League, at an annual ceremony in New York City.

William Ivey Long

In 2012, Tony Award–winning costume designer William Ivey Long became chair of the board until 2016 when current board chair, the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright David Henry Hwang, assumed his duties.
In June 2012, he was elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing.

David Henry Hwang

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In 2012, Tony Award–winning costume designer William Ivey Long became chair of the board until 2016 when current board chair, the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright David Henry Hwang, assumed his duties.
In the summer of 2016, Hwang became the chair of the board of the American Theatre Wing.

Jonathan Larson

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The Jonathan Larson Grants are now administered by the American Theatre Wing, thanks to an endowment funded by the Foundation and the Larson Family.

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The American Theatre Wing (the Wing for short) is a New York City–based organization "dedicated to supporting excellence and education in theatre", according to its mission statement.

Mission statement

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The American Theatre Wing (the Wing for short) is a New York City–based organization "dedicated to supporting excellence and education in theatre", according to its mission statement.

World War I

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Originally known as the Stage Women's War Relief during World War I, it later became a part of the World War II Allied Relief Fund under its current name.

Louise Closser Hale

Its founders, led by playwright and director Rachel Crothers, included the actress and playwright Louise Closser Hale and actresses Dorothy Donnelly, Josephine Hull, Minnie Dupree, Elizabeth Tyree and Louise Drew.

Dorothy Donnelly

Its founders, led by playwright and director Rachel Crothers, included the actress and playwright Louise Closser Hale and actresses Dorothy Donnelly, Josephine Hull, Minnie Dupree, Elizabeth Tyree and Louise Drew.

Josephine Hull

Its founders, led by playwright and director Rachel Crothers, included the actress and playwright Louise Closser Hale and actresses Dorothy Donnelly, Josephine Hull, Minnie Dupree, Elizabeth Tyree and Louise Drew.

Minnie Dupree

Its founders, led by playwright and director Rachel Crothers, included the actress and playwright Louise Closser Hale and actresses Dorothy Donnelly, Josephine Hull, Minnie Dupree, Elizabeth Tyree and Louise Drew.

Elizabeth Tyree

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Its founders, led by playwright and director Rachel Crothers, included the actress and playwright Louise Closser Hale and actresses Dorothy Donnelly, Josephine Hull, Minnie Dupree, Elizabeth Tyree and Louise Drew.

Louise Drew

Its founders, led by playwright and director Rachel Crothers, included the actress and playwright Louise Closser Hale and actresses Dorothy Donnelly, Josephine Hull, Minnie Dupree, Elizabeth Tyree and Louise Drew.

Liberty bond

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The organization established workrooms for sewing uniforms and other garments (with total output totaling 1,863,645 articles), set up clothing and food collection centers, sold Liberty Bonds, and opened a canteen on Broadway for servicemen.

New York Public Library Main Branch

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It also presented benefit performances to raise money, including some held in a temporary "Liberty Theater" built outside the New York Public Library.

World War II

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At the beginning of World War II in 1939, Crothers reestablished the Stage Women's War Relief as a branch of the British War Relief Society.