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 2018

  • 3,022,956

    views of our educational video programming on the Media Archive

  • 3,500

    Broadway and Off-Broadway tickets distributed, giving free theatre access to students and young theatre professionals

  • 33

    artists and companies recognized at the 2018 Tony Awards®

  • 59

    artists and companies recognized at the 2018 Obie Awards®

  • 2,000+

    emerging artists and companies served, including Jonathan Larson® Grants and National Theatre Company Grants recipients

  • 100%

    of SpringboardNYC students in need received tuition discounts, including 6 full scholarships

  • 7,000+

    students received theatre education opportunities through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

  • 2.2 million

    spent 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

2020 Obies Will Premiere on Tuesday, July 14th at 8PM ET

The American Theatre Wing Outlines Phase One of its National COVID-19 Response Effort

2020 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients Announced

65th Annual Obie Awards Announces Obies Chairs, Venue, and Date

American Theatre Wing Celebrates Legacy of Jonathan Larson & The Larson Family At Its Annual Gala

Performers and Presenters Announced for the 64th Annual Obie Awards

Over Half a Million Dollars Awarded in Scholarships and Grants

2018 JONATHAN LARSON® Grant Recipients Announced

2017 Henry Hewes Design Award Honorees Announced

Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge Opens for High School Students

Performers Announced for the American Theatre Wing Centennial Gala

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative – 4-Year Partial University Scholarship Launches

2016 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees Announced

Training Scholarships - First Grant Cycle Launched for American Theatre Wing's Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

American Theatre Wing Announces Recipients of 2016 National Theatre Company Grants

David Henry Hwang to Succeed William Ivey Long as Chair of the American Theatre Wing

American Theatre Wing Announces The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

ATW Staff

  • Heather A. Hitchens (she/her)

    President & CEO
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  • Jacob Bressers (he/him)

    Executive & Administrative Support Manager
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  • Melissa Cabrero (she/her)

    Programs Associate
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  • Ryan Hallett (he/him) & Whitney Creighton (she/her) & Leigh Harmon (she/her)

    ATW Press Rep, Otto & Friends
  • Jenny Gorelick (she/her)

    Line Producer, Working in the Theatre and Songwriting Challenge
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  • Megan Jensen (she/her)

    Director of Programs
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  • Laura Michele Talbot (she/her)

    Development Manager, Individual Philanthropy & Events
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  • Alicia Vnencak (she/her)

    Programs Associate
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  • Ian Weiss (he/him)

    Senior Director of Digital Content Marketing & Strategy
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  • Angela Wheeler (she/her)

    Development Assistant
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  • Kayla Williamson (she/her)

    Digital Assistant
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Tony Awards Productions

  • Carl Levin

    Tony Awards® Business Manager
  • Jenny Gorelick

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

    Director of Tony Awards® Administration
  • Christine Giordano
    The Broadway League

    Senior Partnership Manager
  • Ben Pesner
    The Broadway League

    Digital Content Producer
  • Shawn Purdy
    Slate PR

    Tony Awards® Press Representative
  • 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.