The Tony Awards recognizes an outstanding regional theater that has displayed a significant level of artistic achievement which contributes to the growth of theater on a national level.
This year's Regional Theatre Tony Award goes to the groundbreaking and prolific La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club.
La MaMa embodies the celebration of diversity and art with over 70 productions a year. Part of the original Off-Off-Broadway movement in the 1960s, this remarkable organization has supported over 150,000 artists from over 70 countries.
La MaMa values the vision of its founder, Ellen Stewart, in presenting and supporting art that communicates to all, regardless of culture, race or language.
La MaMa E.T.C. is so honored to be recognized by The Tony Awards in our 56th Season of dedication to to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. We are proud to share this award with all of the artists who have performed on our stages for more than half a century. Off-Off-Broadway and 'Theatre of the World' are here to stay! In a joint statement, Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, said: “La MaMa E.T.C. is a staple of the New York theatre scene. It is an exciting space where artists can grow, create, and push boundaries, and we are thrilled to be able to honor them this year.” The 2018 Tony Awards ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10th.
“It’s thrilling,” says Yoo in an exclusive interview with Backstage. “Whenever I get messages from folks congratulating us, my first response is, ‘This is crazy!’ But I believe this honor is a testament to our founder Ellen Stewart’s vision, and to the work of all our artists at La MaMa.”