Scenic designer Ming Cho Lee, Lincoln Center Theater Executive Producer Bernard Gersten, and Jujamcyn Theatres Executive Vice President Paul Libin will be the recipients of this year's Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre, the Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced. The awards will be presented during the annual Tony Awards ceremony, to be held June 9 at Radio City Music Hall.
Lee received the 1983 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for his work on the drama, K2. He is the recipient of an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award, and New York and Los Angeles Outer Critics Circle Awards. A native of Shanghai, China, he has designed sets for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, the Mark Taper Forum, the Guthrie Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Among his over two-dozen Broadway credits include productions of The Glass Menagerie, The Grand Tour, The Shadow Box, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, and All God's Chillun Got Wings.
As Executive Producer of Lincoln Center Theater for the last 28 years, Gersten has shepherded 153 productions to the stage, including acclaimed revivals of Anything Goes, Carousel, South Pacific, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and Golden Boy, as well as new plays and musicals Speed-the-Plow, The Light in the Piazza, The Coast of Utopia, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Prior to his career at Lincoln Center Theater, he served as the Associate Producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival, working on productions including A Chorus Line, Two Gentlemen of Verona, That Championship Season, and Hair. He has received 14 Tony Awards for Best Play and Musical.
Libin joined Jujamcyn Theatres in 1990 as Producing Director and Vice President. He is currently the Executive Vice President of that organization, as well as the President of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a trustee of The Actors Fund, Actors' Equity Pension Fund, and an adjunct professor of theatre at Columbia University. He has received nine Tony Awards and has produced more than 250 productions on and off Broadway and on tour.