TONY TUESDAY: The Artists of Color amongst the 2013-2014 Tony Nominating Commitee

tony tuesdayIn our latest addition of Tony Tuesday we are ecstatic to announce a bit of breaking news! On July 15, the nominating committee for the 2013-2014 Broadway season was announced by the Tony Awards Administration Committee.

The Nominating Committee attends all productions during the Broadway season and meets to determine, by vote, the Tony Award nominees for that season.

The committee of Tony nominators, which has been expanded to 46 members for the 2013-14 season, includes two artists of color; Veronica Claypool and Kent Gash. Keep reading to get to know these two new additions!

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Veronica Claypool has had a long-standing career in the arts world. In 1973, Claypool worked on the production team for the tour and live broadcast of the Jackson 5 from Senegal, West Africa. One year later, Claypool became an associate producer for Metromedia Television in New York City. Claypool joined McCann and Nugent Productions in 1977, working as company manager for twelve Broadway productions, which included Mass AppealDracula and The Gin Game, as well as the original 1976 Houston Grand Opera European tour of Porgy and Bess. In 1981, Claypool left McCann and Nugent to manage the Broadway and national tour of Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.  After managing this tour, she served as general manager of the Jackie Mason show, Love Thy Neighbor. In 1997, she became managing director of Theatre Development Fund, the country’s largest nonprofit theatrical service organization. Currently she serves as an Arts Management Consultant at Full Circle Entertainment Group.

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Kent Gash is the founding Director of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on Broadway:  Music Theatre and Acting, where he has directed Assassin’s and The Who’s Tommy. With Broadway veteran Walter Marks, Mr. Gash is co-author and director of the musical, Langston in Harlem, whose off-off Broadway production won Four 2010 Audelco Awards including Best Musical.   New York productions include Broke-ology at the Julliard School, the critically acclaimed Off Broadway premiere of Miss Ever’s Boys for the Melting Pot Theatre Co., and many others.

Mr. Gash is a member of the Board of directors of National Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, a former Board member of National Alliance for Musical Theatre and has served on panels for National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and the Princess Grace Foundation.   Mr. Gash has taught Master Classes in Acting and Musical Theatre Performance for the National Theatre of Scotland, University of California at Los Angeles, American Conservatory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Fordham University, Carnegie-Mellon University and Disney Theatrical. Currently he serves as an Associate Arts Professor at NYU Tisch.

We salute these two and look forward to the season to come!


Credits:  Tisch, History Makers




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