The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today that the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award will go to Dallas Theater Center.
The Regional Theatre Tony Award is presented each year to honor a nonprofit professional regional theater company in the United States that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theater nationally. It is awarded based upon a recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association.
Founded in 1959 under the artistic leadership of Paul Baker, Dallas Theater Center is one of the country's oldest regional theaters and has had a sustained focus on producing new works, supporting a resident acting company, utilizing theatrical space in surprising ways, and engaging deeply with the diverse Dallas community. Under the direction of artistic director Kevin Moriarty and managing director Jeff Woodward, D.T.C. currently produces new plays, classics, and musicals, including recent world premieres by Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Kirsten Childs, Samuel D. Hunter, Will Power, and many others. This season, D.T.C. launched Public Works Dallas, a community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and community members, culminating in an annual production featuring over 200 Dallas citizens performing a Shakespeare play.
"The Tony Award is one of the most coveted honors in the American theater, and receiving it is a cause for great celebration throughout Dallas," said Moriarty. "This award is in recognition of D.T.C.'s nearly 60 years of achievement."
The 2017 Tony Awards, which are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS on Sunday, June 11.
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