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About the Wing

2016 Tony Awards hosted by James Corden
2016 Tony Awards hosted by James Corden
2016 Annual Gala Honoring Cicely Tyson
2016 Annual Gala Honoring Cicely Tyson
The trained imagination of the theatre can be used for serving humanity in more ways than entertaining.
Rachel Crothers, Founder of The American Theatre Wing

Who We Are

American Theatre Wing invests in brave work, supports creative growth, and celebrates excellence to bring inclusive stories to our national culture through theatre. Founded in 1917 on the eve of America’s entry into World War I by seven suffragists, American Theatre Wing has spent a century using theatre to advance human experience, empathy and cultural growth like never before.

About The Wing

What We Do

We invest financial and educational support in creatives destined to make theatre. We connect broad audiences to theatre by capturing insight into important work. We honor theatre that impacts the American experience.

We provide grants and scholarships, connect talent at all stages with educational and professional opportunities, and create content that illuminates and preserves theatre. We award excellence and foster artistry by providing a platform for strong and fearless voices in the American theatre.

Achievements from 2022 and 2023

  • 7.4M

    views of our educational and entertaining video content

  • 707

    grants and scholarships awarded to artists, students, schools, and theatre companies across America.

  • 38+

    artists and companies recognized at the 74th Annual Tony Awards®

  • 63

    artists and companies recognized at the 2020 Obie Awards®

  • 325+

    emerging artists and companies served, including Larson Grants, Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, and Songwriting recipients.

  • 1,400

    total live attendees to our virtual panels for the Network for Emerging Leaders in the Theatre (an increase of 400% from in person meetings).

  • $200,000

    students will receive over the next 4 years as a recipient of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarships.

  • 2.2 million

    yearly spend on programs and services that strengthen theatre

Our Values

Champion Creative Expression

We recognize that pursuing a successful career in the performing arts is not easy. We shape challenges into opportunities, championing theatre creatives throughout the industry. We are an institutional voice advocating for artists fated to use theatre as a mode for self-expression.

Support Growth

We provide lifelong mentorship to stimulate growth in the performing arts at every stage. Our comprehensive theatre network provides resources and support throughout a life cycle—we are a conduit for activating creative potential.

Realize Brave Vision

Brave work is born out of stories that must be told. We help realize courageous creative vision to bring important artistic work to our world, using theatre as a tool for cultural progression.

Make Excellence Known

We make theatre an essential part of the zeitgeist by demanding attention for excellent work. We safeguard the performing arts as an immediate cultural necessity, and ensure that great work’s legacy endures.

Validate Diversity

Founded by seven suffragettes, advancing diversity is part of our DNA. By realizing and celebrating brave vision we validate stories that are as diverse as the American people. We are steadfast in our commitment to diversity as a means to advance the richness of American theatre in any cultural climate.

Create Connections

For creatives, we create an inclusive community that bridges the gap between novice and master to build organic personal connections. These relationships ensure that young talent is heard, guided, and given an opening for success, privileging them to reciprocate this mentorship for the next generation. For our audience, we foster, honor and illuminate theatre that inspires human connection, provokes emotional experiences, and contributes to a more empathic world.

Inspire Artistic Greatness

We pull back the curtain on our industry to educate our audience about how theatre comes to life, illuminating compelling stories in the performing arts. We inspire artistic greatness on a micro and macro level, from showcasing industry technique to sharing motivational stories about overcoming adversity through artistic production.

Press Releases




Emilio Sosa Elected Next Chair of American Theatre Wing

American Theatre Wing Announces The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

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ATW Staff

  • Ann Marie Gong (she/her)

    Executive Support Manager and Board Liaison
  • Leslie Papa (she/her) & Whitney Holden Gore (she/her)

    ATW Press Rep, Vivacity
  • Heather A. Hitchens (she/her)

    President & CEO
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  • Melissa Cabrero (she/her)

    Director of Programs
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  • Luis Castro (he/him)

    Equity and Inclusion Consultant
  • Grace Chon (she/her)

    Grant Administrator
  • Lara Atry (she/they)

    Production Support Manager/Producer
  • Emily Elliott (she/her)

    Development Manager
  • Bryony Romer (she/her)

    Development and Strategic Planning Consultant
  • Tracy Thompson (she/her)

    Director of Business and Operations
  • Ian Weiss (he/him)

    Senior Director of Digital Content Marketing & Strategy
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  • Yoanna Nikolova (she/her)

    Community Engagement and Marketing Manager

Tony Awards Productions

  • Carl Levin

    Tony Awards® Business Manager
  • Jean Kroeper Murphy
    The Broadway League

    Director of Tony Awards® Administration
  • Jaspre Guest

  • Ian Weiss
    American Theatre Wing

    Digital Strategy

Theatre Needs You

Foster the progressive, pluralistic nature of artistic expression in American theatre. Invest in young people’s access to theatre education to foster an industry of artists as diverse as the American people.