Theatre Forward held its annual annual Chairman's Awards Gala on April 11 at the Pierre.

Something Rotten! star John Cariani emceed the evening, which honored Jesse Tyler Ferguson and John R. Dutt.
Something Rotten! star John Cariani emceed the evening, which honored Jesse Tyler Ferguson and John R. Dutt.
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The event supports the creation of theatrical works and arts education at the country's leading nonprofit theaters.

Martha Plimpton congratulates Jesse Tyler Ferguson on his honor.
Martha Plimpton congratulates Jesse Tyler Ferguson on his honor.
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Broadway veteran and five-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), who currently stars on Broadway in the comedy Fully Committed, was presented the Theatre Artist Award.

Bright Star leading ladies Carmen Cusack, Dee Hoty, and Hannah Elless are proud to support Theatre Forward.
Bright Star leading ladies Carmen Cusack, Dee Hoty, and Hannah Elless are proud to support Theatre Forward.
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John R. Dutt, former vice president and chief litigation counsel for Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. and Theatre Forward board member, will receive the Theatre Forward Leadership Award.

Jason Michael Snow, Robin Levine, and Kevin Duda walk the red carpet.
Jason Michael Snow, Robin Levine, and Kevin Duda walk the red carpet.
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The evening will include an opening number by Kevin Duda (Beautiful — The Carole King Musical) and Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon), as well as appearances by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews (Invisible Thread), with Benjamin Scheuer performing a number from his show The Lion. The event was emceed by Tony nominee John Cariani.

Invisible Thread creators Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews (center) join members of The Family Project on the red carpet.
Invisible Thread creators Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews (center) join members of the Family Project on the red carpet.
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The gala supports new work at Theatre Forward's founding theaters. Theatre Forward was formerly known as National Corporate Theatre Fund.

The Lion creator Benjamin Scheuer shares the evening with Jemima Williams.
The Lion creator Benjamin Scheuer shares the evening with Jemima Williams.
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