The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President & CEO) is pleased to announce that it will honor Unsung Heroes of the Theatre Industry – members of the theatrical community who don’t often get the recognition they deserve – at its annual gala. Taking place on Monday, September 11, 2023 at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street), the evening will celebrate the dressers who execute seamless quick changes between scenes, the understudies and swings who go into a show with little to no notice and don’t miss a beat, the makeup artists responsible for the flawless faces seen on stage, and so many more vital contributors to the theatrical art form. The Gala will feature performances and appearances by some of the industry’s top talent, each shining a spotlight on their own personal Unsung Hero. (The participating performers will each identify their own Unsung Hero to be honored at the gala for their dedication and commitment to excellence.)

All of the proceeds from the Gala will go directly back to our programs including The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, The Jonathan Larson Grants, Springboard to Design, and producing ATW’s Masterclass Series. Through these programs, the American Theatre Wing will continue to be a catalyst for change in the industry by providing traditionally underrepresented talent with resources to begin or continue their artistic journey. It is imperative to fund present and future generations of new artists so the American Theatre can continue its path towards equity for all.

“The turmoil of the pandemic has served to underscore just how vital these long-overlooked theatre-makers are to the functioning of this entire art form,” said Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing. “These honorees deserve to be celebrated and we look forward to shining a light on everything they do.”

The evening includes cocktails, dinner, and performances. For tickets and more information, visit or contact Director of Development, Laura Michele Talbot by emailing