This year’s recipients of the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award is director, actress and choreographer Baayork Lee. This honor, named for the late president of the American Theatre Wing, is presented annually to a member of the theater community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Lee, who is being recognized for her work with the National Asian Artists Project, will be feted at the Tony Awards on June 11.
In making the announcement, American Theatre Wing president Heather Hitchens and Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said, “Baayork works tirelessly to break down cultural walls that often build up around what theatre goers consider ‘traditional’ musicals, and her dedication to fostering the next generation of performers and theatre professionals to do the same is exemplary.”
Lee is best known for creating the role of “Connie” in A Chorus Line, as well as serving as Michael Bennett’s assistant choreographer on the production, of which she has directed and choreographed many national and international companies. Her other directing and choreography credits include “The King and I,” “Bombay Dreams,” “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Barnum,” “Gypsy” and “A New Brain.”
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