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ADMINISTRATION

The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® are presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The two organizations have jointly administered the Tonys since 1967, the year of the first Tony telecast.

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MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The Tony Awards Management Committee is made up of representatives of the League and the Wing. It oversees the Tony Awards, with emphasis on the television broadcast.


Mark Abrahams

Kristin Caskey

Ted Chapin

Sondra Gilman

James Higgins

Heather Hitchens

Wilam Ivey Long

Michael Price

Jordan Roth

Charlotte St. Martin

Scott Sanders

Nick Scandalios

Howard Stringer

Thomas Viertel

Robert Wankel

Barry Weissler

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

The Tony Awards Administration Committee is comprised of 24 members, of whom 10 are designated by the Wing, 10 by the League, and one each by the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. This committee determines egibity for nominations in all awards categories and reviews the rules governing the awards. It may, at its discretion, bestow non-competitive Tony Awards including Special Tony Awards, the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award; as well as Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.


Emanuel Azenberg

Ted Chapin

Michael David

Cecilia Friederichs

Heather Hitchens

David Henry Hwang

Natasha Katz

Paul Libin

Margo Lion

Jo Sullivan Loesser

William Ivey Long

John Lyons

Mary McColl

Kevin McCollum

James L. Nederlander

Enid Nemy

Laura Penn

Judith O. Rubin

Charlotte St. Martin

Peter Schneider

Thomas Schumacher

Ralph Sevush

Philip Smith

David Stone



ALTERNATES

Kara Barnett

Ken Billington

Brian Drutman

Alan Eisenberg

Gary Garrison

Philip Getter

John Gore

Barry Grove

Todd Haimes

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins

Edward Pierce

Nick Scandalios

Stuart Thompson

Michael Wilson

2014-2015 TONY AWARDS® NOMINATING COMMITTEE

As of 4/23/2015

Douglas Aibel

Artistic Director, The Vineyard Theatre

Arin Arbus

Associate Artistic Director, Theatre for a New Audience

Ira Bernstein

Former producer/general manager/stage manager/casting director

Susan Birkenhead

Lyricist

Ben Cameron

Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Mary Schmidt Campbell

Dean, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University

Veronica Claypool

Arts Management Consultant, Full Circle Management Group/former general manager

Paul Cremo

Dramaturg/Director of Opera Commissioning Program, The Metropolitan Opera

John Darnton

Former Cultural Editor, The New York Times

Jacqueline Z. Davis

Executive Director, The NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center

Rick Elice

Playwright

Harvey Evans

Actor

Paul Gallo

Lighting designer

Kent Gash

Director/Founding Director, NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on Broadway

Liza Gennaro

Choreographer

Jenny Gersten

Former Executive Director, Friends of the High Line

Wendall K. Harrington

Projection designer/lecturer

Philip Himberg

Artistic Director, Sundance Institute Theatre Program

Jack Hofsiss

Theatre/film/television director

Julie Hughes

Former casting director

Stephen Karam

Playwright

Corby Kummer

Senior Editor, The Atlantic Magazine

Dick Latessa

Actor

Kate Levin

Cultural Assets Management Principal, Bloomberg Associates

Reynold Levy

Former President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Sara Lukinson

Documentary film producer/television writer

Patricia Marx

American humorist and writer/former television writer

Jim McLaughlin

Former Producer, CBS News/TV feature and documentary producer

Roger Morgan

Lighting designer/theatre designer

Katherine Oliver

Principal, Bloomberg Associates - Media and Technology

Christian Parker

Chair, Columbia University MFA Theatre Program

Ravi S. Rajan

Dean, School of the Arts – SUNY Purchase

Nigel Redden

General Director, Spoleto Festival USA/Director, Lincoln Center Festival

Arlene Shuler

President & CEO, New York City Center

Linda Shelton

Executive Director, Joyce Theater Foundation

Wynn Thomas

Production designer

Robin Wagner

Scenic designer

Preston Whiteway

Executive Director, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

WHO'S WHO AT TONY AWARD PRODUCTIONS

"The 2015 Tony Awards" Broadcast on CBS
Executive Producers: White Cherry Entertainment, Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss


William Ivey Long

Chairman, American Theatre Wing

Heather A. Hitchens

President & CEO, American Theatre Wing

Robert E. Wankel

Chairman, The Broadway League

Charlotte St. Martin

Executive Director, The Broadway League

STAFF

Carl Levin,
Tony Awards Business and Operations Manager
212.425.2202
carl@tonyawards.com

Jean Kroeper Murphy, The Broadway League
The Broadway League Manager, Tony Awards Administration
212.764.1122
jkroeper@broadway.org

Nick Pramik,Spotco
Director of Marketing
212.262.3355 x798
npramik@spotnyc.com

Ben Pesner
Digital Content Producer
212.764.1122
bpesner@broadway.org

Shawn Purdy, Slate PR
Tony Awards Press Representative
212.235.6813
Shawn@slate-pr.com

Joanna Sheehan, The American Theatre Wing
Tony Awards Licensing and Clearances
212.765.0606 x310
joanna@americantheatrewing.org

Jan Friedlander Svendsen, The Broadway League
Director, Tony Awards Sponsorship
212.703.0229
jsvendsen@broadway.org

Leslie Dock, The Broadway League
Sponsorship Manager
212.764.1122
ldock@broadway.org

The Tony Awards welcomes event/program sponsorships and other corporate partnership opportunities. Please direct your inquiries to Director of Sponsorship Jan Friedlander Svendsen or Sponsorship Manager Leslie Dock at (212) 764-1122. For general questions, please contact Jean Kroeper Murphy, as above.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

The rules and regulations that govern the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® are established by the Tony Awards Administration Committee, which is comprised of representatives appointed by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, the two organizations that jointly administer the Tony Awards. The committee also includes representatives of Actors' Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild, United Scenic Artists, and SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

TONY AWARD RULES 2014-2015


MEMORANDUM ABOUT RULE CHANGES
2015


RULES FOR USE OF TONY AWARDS
TRADEMARKS & MATERIALS


THE AWARD CATEGORIES

Though they have represented the pinnacle of theatrical excellence since their inception, the Tony Awards have evolved over the years. In particular, the number of categories and their designations have changed. For example, although the awards were established in 1947, there was no Tony for Best Play until the following year when Mister Roberts by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan was honored. Similarly, the first Best Musical award had to wait two years to make its debut. Kiss Me, Katewas the first musical to receive that award, in 1949.

For the 2014-2015 season, there are 24 competitive categories of Tony Awards:

Best Play

Best Musical

Best Book of a Musical

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Best Revival of a Play

Best Revival of a Musical

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Best Direction of a Play

Best Direction of a Musical

SPECIAL HONORS & AWARDS

In addition to competitive awards, the Tony Awards Administration Committee may bestow several varieties of special honors on deserving individuals or institutions.

Regional Theatre Award

– Each year since 1976, the Tonys have recognized the achievements of resident theatre companies across the U. S. This award goes to a not-for-profit producing organization in or outside of New York City, based on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association.

Special Tony Award

– recognizes extraordinary contribution to the theatre

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

– honors an individual for the body of his or her work.

The Isabelle Stevenson Award

– salutes volunteerism.

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

– recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations that do not fit into any of the competitive categories.

The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University also present the Excellence in Theatre Education Award to a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S.

THE NOMINATIONS

The Tony Awards Nominating Committee is a rotating group of up to 50 theatre professionals selected by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. Nominators serve for overlapping three-year terms. They are asked to see every new Broadway production and then meet each year shortly after the Tony eligibility deadline. They determine the nominations based on secret ballots supervised by an accounting firm. The results are announced early the following morning.

HOW VOTING WORKS

When the Tony Awards were established in 1947, voting was limited to members of the boards of the American Theatre Wing and entertainment industry performer and craft unions. In 1954, voting eligibility was expanded to include other theatre professionals.

Today there are approximately 868 eligible voters, a number that fluctuates slightly from year to year. These include voting members of The Broadway League and the board of directors and designated members of the advisory committee of the American Theatre Wing, along with members of the governing boards of Actors' Equity Association; the Dramatists Guild; SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; United Scenic Artists; and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. Other eligible voters include members of the Theatrical Council of the Casting Society of America, the New York Drama Critics' Circle, the board/council of the National Association of Talent Representatives, and the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.

Voters are expected to attend all nominated productions; or at least to refrain from voting in any category in which they have not seen all of the nominees.

Voting by secret ballot takes place in the weeks before the June awards ceremony. Strict precautions are taken to assure that no one, save a limited number of representatives from the accounting firm that manages the voting, knows the name of the winners until they are announced on the Tony telecast.

Ties occur from time to time. For example in 2009, Billy Elliot, the Musical and Next to Normal shared top honors in the Best Orchestrations category.

THE 2015 AWARDS

How can I watch video of this year's Tony broadcast, or of past years' telecasts?

You can get a HD video of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Tony Awards telecasts on iTunes or Amazon (including individual musical numbers) here . To watch highlights of past years' telecasts check out the multi-volume "Broadway's Lost Treasures" compilation, available on DVD, which contains classic moments from Tony broadcasts. "Broadway's Lost Treasures" is available from Amazon.com.

When are the nominations announced?

The 2015 Tony Nominations Announcement, presented by IBM, will take place on April 28 in a live webcast on TonyAwards.com.

When does the 2015 Tony Awards ceremony take place?

The 69th Annual Tony Awards will take place on June 7, 2015, at Radio City Music Hall. The event will be broadcast on CBS live at 8/7c (delayed PT).

I live on the West Coast. What is the schedule for Tony Night?

Check back this spring.

How do I find a nominated show's website?

Go to the show's page on this site. You will find a link to the show's website, if it has one.

How can I get tickets for nominated shows?

It's easy! Just visit the Broadway Tickets page on this site for direct, real-time ticketing from the shows' official box office service. You can also visit the Broadway League's Broadway.org site for official info about Broadway tickets.

Can I get tickets to this year's Tony Awards ceremony?

Yes! Visit our ticket page.

RULES, ELIGIBILITY, AND VOTING

What shows are eligible for Tony Awards?

Legitimate theatrical productions may be eligible for Tony Awards if they officially open on or before the cut-off date established by the Tony Awards Administration Committee (in 2015, that date is April 23) in an eligible Broadway theatre and comply with all the rules and regulations that govern the Tony Awards for the season. A show is only eligible in the season when it first opens, no matter how long it subsequently runs on Broadway.

Are Off Broadway shows or touring productions eligible for Tonys?

No. Only Broadway productions that open in designated Broadway theatres in Manhattan are eligible for Tonys.

Who votes for the Tonys?

Tony voters include voting members of The Broadway League and the board of directors and designated members of the advisory committee of the American Theatre Wing, along with members of the governing boards of Actors' Equity Association; the Dramatists Guild; SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; United Scenic Artists; and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. Other eligible voters include members of the Theatrical Council of the Casting Society of America and members of the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. More info...

How are shows and artists nominated for Tony Awards?

The Nominating Committee is made up of a rotating group of approximately 50 theatre professionals who serve for overlapping three-year terms. Committee members are asked to see every new Broadway show. The committee votes on the nominations, which are announced in the spring, about six weeks before the awards.

How is the award for regional theatre determined?

How is the award for regional theatre determined?
Each spring the Tony Awards Administration Committee selects the institution that will receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award based on a recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association. The Regional Theatre Tony Award is accompanied by a grant of $25,000.

What are the rules that govern nominations and awards?

The rules for the Tony Awards are available for download on the Rules and Regulations page of this site.

BEHIND THE SCENES AND MORE

Whom are the Tony Awards named for?

The Tony Awards are named for Antoinette Perry (1888-1946), an actress, stage director and philanthropist who was a founder of the American Theatre Wing. She staged the original production of Mary Chase's comedy Harvey. The American Theatre Wing's website contains more information about Antoinette Perry and the history of the Tonys.

Who presents the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards are presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of two organizations: the The Broadway League, the national trade association for the commercial theatre industry; and the American Theatre Wing, a not-for-profit service organization for both the theatre community and the community at large.

How do I find out about other programs of the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League?

You may visit the Wing's website at http://www.americantheatrewing.org/, and The League's site at www.BroadwayLeague.com.

How can I get a message to a specific nominee?

TonyAwards.com cannot forward electronic messages, nor can we contact nominees on your behalf. You may send fan letters via regular mail to nominees care of the theatre at which their show is playing.

What does an actual Tony Award look like?

The Tony Award stands eight inches tall and weighs one pound, 10 ounces. It is a circular medallion mounted on an armature, which is in turn affixed to a base.

What does the Tony medallion represent?

The Tony Awards medallion dates to 1949, the third year of the awards. Designed by Herman Rosse, it is a silver disk depicting the masks of comedy and tragedy on one side and the winner's name, the award category, the production, and the year on the reverse.

Do nominees receive anything, even if they don't win a Tony?

Yes. All nominees receive certificates.

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