Join us for the first Virtual

Honoring Estelle Parsons
with the LPTW Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Online

Award-winning stage, film, and television actor and stage director, Estelle Parsons, will be honored, along with a diverse group of six other remarkable women theatre artists including Stephanie Berry, Megan Finn, Cookie Jordan, Sheilah Rae, Taylor Reynolds, and Mei Ann Teo.

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This major event in the LPTW calendar will be presented online via Zoom on Monday, June 7 at 7pm. Tickets (VIP Gala: $60; Member ticket: $20 suggested donation; Non-Member ticket: $25 suggested donation).



2021 AWARDEES

Estelle Parsons
ESTELLE PARSONS was last seen on Broadway in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN for which she received her fifth Tony Award nomination.  Although she has spent most of her professional life in the theater, she is most widely known for her Academy Award-winning performance in BONNIE AND CLYDE, and her decade-long, recurring role of Beverly, mother of the title character in the hit sitcom ROSEANNE. 
In the theater, she has appeared in plays by the great writers of our time, including Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, Dario Fo, and Horton Foote.  She appeared in Roberto Athayde’s classic MISS MARGARIDA’S WAY on Broadway, all over the United States and in London, Dublin, Turkey and Australia. She starred in AUGUST, OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts on Broadway for a year and on the road for a year.  Recently she played in GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abair and the Gershwin musical, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT with Matthew Broderick. Her latest New York City appearance was at Playwrights Horizon in Michael Friedman’s musical UNKNOWN SOLDIER which was interrupted by the pandemic.  In the fall she played Die Alte in Tony Kushner’s A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY at the Public Theater directed by Oskar Eustis. She appeared in the second and third seasons of Netflix’ GRACE AND FRANKIE with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. As a director, she created the New York Shakespeare Festival Players for Joseph Papp in the 1980s.  For two seasons they performed SHAKESPEARE ON BROADWAY for New York City school students and their families in an effort to develop a multicultural audience for New York City.  She also directed Al Pacino in Oscar Wilde’s SALOME; THE READING on Broadway and on tour.  Last season she presented the Actors Studio developed THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT by Stephen Adly Guirgis at La Mama Experimental Theater in the East Village.  Estelle Parsons is a member of the Actors Studio and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2004. She has received four lifetime achievement awards: a Lilly , an Obie, a LaMama award and the Cherry Lane award. 

Cookie Jordan
The Ruth Morley Design Award given to women theatre designers of all genres, is being presented to hair, wig, and makeup designer Cookie Jordan. Her work on Broadway includes Slave Play, The Cher Show, Once on This Island, among others. Cookie Jordan (Ruth Morley Award) has designed 15 Broadway shows, including : Fela, Slave Play, Choir Boy, The Cher Show, Once On This Island, Sunday in the Park with George, In Transit, Eclipsed, Side Show, After Midnight, Fela, A View From the Bridge and South Pacific.  Off-Broadway: All the Natalie Portmans, Girls, Fefu and Her Friends, Aint No Mo, Fairview, Toni Stone, If Pretty Hurts, The Secret Life of Bees, Boseman and Lena, Fabulation, Our Lady of 121st Street, In the Blood, Daddy, Hercules in the Park. Television: Make up for The Wiz Live. Cookie has been nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, one Emmy award, received two Obie Awards and The  Henry Hewes Design Award.

Sheilah Rae
Sheilah Rae is receiving a LPTW Special Award for her service to the industry as a lyricist and librettist, as well as her service to the League as a former President. A former Broadway performer, she has written a number of musicals with Michele Brourman and Debra Barsha, is a five-time Heideman Award finalist, and is currently working on a musical that she’s hoping to launch as a TV series. 
Sheilah Rae is the lyricist/co-librettist for Funny, You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother pub. Sam French and  for I Married Wyatt Earp (59E59 Theatre, 2011) now called The Belle of Tombstone. 5 time Heideman Award Finalist for Lovelines, What Goes Around, The Waiter,  On the Page, Single and Active all with composer Michele Brourman. For Prospect Theatre Co, Portraits, Snapshots, Who Knew?, Destination Everywhere. With Debra Barsha, Cooper Union at Prospect and Metropolitan Playhouse, Every Other Thursday (published Smith and Kraus) NJ Rep, Our Very Best People, NAMT grant recipient for The Helena Project,  and currently From This Moment,  a short musical hoping to launch as a TV series. Former Bway performer (Fiddler, Applause and  many more). Many jingles/recordings as writer/producer. Recipient 2019 Lifetime Achievement from NYTB. Past President, League of Professional Theatre Women. Past Council, Songwriters Guild of America. Founding President Emeritus, NYTheatre Barn. BMus/University of Michigan, RAM and Guildhall School, London. Member Dramatist Guild, Maestra, SGA, LPTW, AEA, SGA, AFTRA, Local 802. Board of the  Bret Adams/Paul Reisch Fndtn. www.belleoftombstone.com, www.SheilahRae.net

Taylor Reynolds
The Lucille Lortel Award is being bestowed on Taylor Reynolds, a New York-based director from Chicago and one of the producing artistic leaders of the OBIE-winning The Movement Theatre Company. The award is reserved for a theatre woman with creative promise deserving recognition. 
Taylor Reynolds has worked as a director and collaborator with companies including Clubbed Thumb, Page 73, Baltimore Center Stage, Signature Theatre Company, MCC, Ars Nova, and The 24 Hour Plays. Selected directing credits: Tambo & Bones by Dave Harris (upcoming, Playwrights Horizons/CTG), Vote! (the black album) by Regina Taylor (Here We Are,Theatre for One) Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz (Baltimore Center Stage/Playwrights Realm), Plano by Will Arbery (Drama Desk nom for Best Director, Clubbed Thumb), Songs About Trains (Radical Evolution), Allond(r)a by Gina Femia (New Georges Audrey Residency), Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser, Ally Theatre Company). She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, 2017-2018 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab alum, and member of SDC. BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

Stephanie Berry
Actor Stephanie Berry is the recipient of the Lee Reynolds Award, an award given to a woman stage actor whose work has helped illuminate possibilities for social, cultural, or political change.  Among Ms. Berry’s New York stage credits are Donja Love’s Sugar in Our Wounds and Emily Mann’s Gloria: A Life. 
Stephanie Berry Stephanie’s recent stage credits include: FRANKENSTEIN at the Classic Stage Company, for all the women who thought they were Mad at Soho Repertory Theatre and GLORIA: A LIFE at the Daryl Roth Theatre. Last season, she was nominated for a 2019 Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Award for Best Featured Actress for her role in Suga In Our Wounds at Manhattan Theatre Club and a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress for her role in Gem of the Ocean at the Round House Theater. Film and TV credits include: Before You Know It, O.G., Delivery Man, Invasion, No Reservations and Finding Forrester, Luke Cage, The Last OG, Bull, Blue Bloods, Blacklist, and all the Law-and-Order Shows. Stephanie is the recipient of an OBIE and an AUDELCO Award for her one-woman show, THE SHANEEQUA CHRONICLES.  She is a recipient of the TCG/Fox Foundation Fellowship and a founding member of  Blackberry Productions, a documentary theater company. See website: stephanieberryactor.com

Mei Ann Teo
As a director/devisor/dramaturg, Mei Ann Teo,  a queer immigrant from Singapore, creates theatre across genres, including musical theatre, intermediate participatory work, reimagining classics, and documentary theatre, and is receiving the Josephine Abady Award as a woman theatre artist who has created work of cultural diversity.  
Mei Ann Teo (Josephine Abady Award) (they/she). As a director/devisor/dramaturg, they create across genres, including music theatre, intermedial participatory work, reimagining classics, and documentary theatre. Teo’s international work includes Belgium's Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, “Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining” -New York Times), Edinburgh International Fringe (MiddleFlight, “Stunning” -Scotsman), Beijing International Festival (Labyrinth - Top 8 in Beijing News). Dim Sum Warriors the Musical by Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun for national China twenty-five city tour, Jillian Walker’s world premiere SKiNFoLK: An American Show at the Bushwick Starr (NYTimes Critics Pick, NYMag’s matrix “Highbrow and Brilliant”), Madeline Sayet’s Where We Belong at Shakespeare’s Globe. Teo is the Visiting Professor of Directing at Carnegie Mellon University and the Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory. 

Meghan Finn
Meghan Finn, artistic director of New York based The Tank, has directed both nationally and internationally, and is being awarded with the Lucille Lortel Visionary Award, for a woman artist showing great creative promise. Finn’s work includes premieres by playwrights Mac Wellman, Caitlyn Saylor Stephens, Julia May Jonas, and a film by Peggy Stafford. 
Her directorial work has been seen at The Tank, the V&A, Serpentine Galleries, The Wexner Center, SCAD, The Logan Center for the Arts, Museo Jumex Mexico City, The Power Plant, Canadian Stage, Carnegie Mellon, Brooklyn College, MIT, NYU, 3LD and others.  Directing Credits include: three premieres by Mac Wellman The Invention of Tragedy (2019), The Offending Gesture (2016) and 3,2’s; OR AFAR (2011), I Am Nobody a new musical by Greg Kotis, The Nine Dreams: Blake & the Apocalypse by Nick Flynn (film), 16 Words or Less by Peggy Stafford (film), DOOMOCRACY (2016) and Manufacturing Mischief (2017), by Pedro Reyes,  American Power by Mitch Epstein & Erik Friedlander and celebrated premieres by Caitlyn Saylor Stephens, Julia May Jonas, Erin Courtney, Gary Winter, Peggy Stafford, Ben Gassman, Alexandra Collier, Carl Holder, Eliza Bent and Cori Copp.  BA in Theater from USC, MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College.


2021 PRESENTERS

Troy Anthony
Troy Anthony is a Kentucky-born composer, director, and theater-maker based in NYC practicing Black queer joy. He has presented work at Joe’s Pub, Musical Theater Factory (MTF), Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, Prospect Theater Company, and 54 Below. Commissions include the Public Theater, The Shed, Atlantic Theater Company, and The Civilians. Troy has been seen in the Public Theater’s Hercules, Twelfth Night and As You Like It. He is founding director of the Fire Ensemble where he focuses on the intersection between music theater and social justice. He’s also a 2019-2020 MTF Maker and current MTF board member.

Joe Barros
Joe Barros is an award-winning queer director and choreographer working on Broadway, regionally, internationally, and in film, and is the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn which incubates original culture shifting musicals in real time and in front of live audiences. Broadway: Gigi (associate director). Off-Broadway: The Evolution of Mann, Cagney (associate director), Bastard Jones. Regional/Int'l: A Charlie Brown Christmas (national tours), Beaches (Chicago’s Drury Lane), Aida (Singapore), plus DC's Signature Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Kaixinmahua (Shanghai). Film: The Girl Who Left Home (with Paolo Montalbán). Barros is the director of 17-year-old Elise Marra’s new musical Frankie (concept album on Broadway Records with Tony-nominee Caitlin Kinnunen), the A&R Director of Theatre Barn Records (an imprint of Broadway Records), and a contributing director of Breathe: Portraits of a Pandemicwww.joebarros.com

Susan Bernfield
Susan Bernfield is the founder and Artistic Director/Producer of New Georges. Since 1992, through development programs and 48 premieres – including first productions for women+ artists now visible in every corner of our culture -- she’s cultivated an influential, exuberantly theatrical aesthetic and the largest ongoing working community of women+ theater artists in New York City. A past LPTW Programming VP, she serves as President of A.R.T./New York; on the boards of The Assembly and the National Theatre Conference; and was a founding board member of the Indie Theatre Fund. Susan is also a playwright who has been produced and developed nationwide. She is the recipient of OBIE and Lilly awards.

Montana Blanco
Montana Blanco is a costume designer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His grandmother, a lampshade artisan, inspired an early love of fabric, color, and beauty. Montana is a graduate of the Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, Brown University, and the Yale School of Drama. Prior to attending Yale, he was the Robert L. Tobin Curatorial. Fellow at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Montana is the recipient of a Special Drama Desk, the Lucille Lortel, two Henry Hewes, and two Obie awards. 

Melody Brooks
Melody Brooks is the founder and Artistic Director of New Perspectives Theatre Company. She is an award-winning producer, director and dramaturg who has been working in the professional theatre and various educational institutions for almost 40 years. Brooks received the 2018 "Trailblazing Women and Arts Institutions Award" from Rhythm Color Associates and the "Spirit of Hope Award" in 2015 from Speranza Theatre Company for her career-long support of women theatre artists. Brooks is a former LPTW Board Member, and was Co-chair of the triennial LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award in 2014 & 2017 and Executive Producer of the virtual 2020 program. Brooks is a co-founder of 50/50 in 2020: Parity for Women Theatre Artists.

Gina Femia
Gina Femia's work has been seen/developed at MCC Theater, Playwrights Horizons, EST, Page 73, CTG, Theater of NOTE, among others. Selected honors include the Kilroys List, Leah Ryan Prize, Doric Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award.  Gina is a Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, an alum of EST Youngblood, Page73's Interstate 73, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, New Georges' Audrey Residency, and Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Plays Lab. Gina’s a New Georges Affiliated Artist and has received residencies with Page73, Powerhouse, NTI at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Fresh Ground Pepper. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (Lipkin Prize in Playwriting).

Joan D. Firestone
Joan D. Firestone is a familiar figure in NYC’s cultural and civic communities and had held policy level positions in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors. Her leadership strengths were honed as Assistant Director of the New York State Council on the Arts; her successful business venture as President of Primary Design Galleries; she was Executive Director of the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Association to restore the old World’s Fair site; she was appointed Director of Economic Development and Cultural Advisor to the New York City Comptroller; Special Advisor in the Arts to the NYC Schools Chancellor; and Executive Director of The Moth. An Off-Broadway Theatre and Events Producer, Firestone maintains an active role in the theatre community in the development of innovative new works promoting social change. A former Co-President of LPTW, she serves on the Boards of The Moth, En Garde Arts and New Yorkers for Culture and Arts (NY4C&A).

Martha Gehman
Martha Gehman is best known in theatre for Cinders at the Public, The Day Room  at Manhattan Theater Club, Baba Goya at Second Stage, the lead in Harry Kondolean’s Frieda at Circle Rep, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Public, directed by Estelle Parsons with Delroy Lindo and Natsuko Ohama. Films include: The Legend of Billie Jean, F/X, Father of the Bride, Practical Magic, The Flamingo Kid, and numerous independent films. She has directed across the country, including The Magic Theater in San Francisco. The Palace Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Stark Raving Theater in Portland, OR, and Theater for the New City. . On TV, she was in Norman Lear’s Sunday Dinner, and had many episodic roles. She is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, and is an Acting Coach: marthagehman.com.