2018 Tony Awards: Meet the 51 theater folk who will decide the nominations

While the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys canvass their entire memberships for nominations, the Tony Awards rely on 51 theater folk who attend all the plays and musicals that open on Broadway in a season. This hardy lot will meet on the last weekend in April to cast secret ballots in 24 competitive categories. These nominations for the Tonys will be unveiled on May 1. The 72nd Annual Tony Awards will take place on June 10.

Each member serves for three years, with approximately one-third of the committee new to the process each year (as denoted by *)

Actors (4)
Adrian Bailey – Actor
Celia Keenan-Bolger – Actor*
Jessica Molaskey – Actor
Jessica Stone – Actor/ Director

Artistic Directors (6)
Patricia Cruz – Executive Director, Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.
Edgar Dobie – Executive Producer, Arena Stage – Washington, DC
Scott Elliott – Director/Artistic Director, The New Group
Anna Glass – Executive Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem*
Anne Keefe – Associate Artist, Westport Country Playhouse
Paige Price – Producing Artistic Director, Philadelphia Theatre Company

Choreographers (2)
Hope Clarke – Choreographer
Carmen de Lavallade – Choreographer*

Composers (3)
Adam Gwon – Composer/Lyricist
Michael John LaChiusa – Composer, Lyricist, Librettist
Laurence O’Keefe – Composer

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Designers (6)
Suzy Benzinger – Costume Designer*
Dawn Chiang – Lighting Designer*
Judith Dolan – Costume Designer*
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg – Scenic Designer*
Tony Meola – Sound Designer
Jennifer von Mayrhauser – Costume Designer

Directors (6)
Trip Cullman – Director
Lou Jacob – Director
Don Scardino – Director/Actor*
Warner Shook – Director
Randy Skinner – Director, Choreographer*
Evan Yionoulis – Director

Critics/Journalists (1)
Jose Antonio Vargas – Journalist/Filmmaker/Founder of Define American

Government Agencies/Non-Profits (3)
Victoria Bailey – Executive Director, Theatre Development Fund
Sam Gonzalez – Dir. of Operations, Pfizer Medical/Board of Trustees Playwrights Horizons
Ellen Sorrin – Director, The George Balanchine Trust

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Other Creatives (3)
Roy Harris – Production Stage Manager
Peter Hedges – Writer*
Patricia Marx – American Humorist and Writer/Former Television Writer

Other (7)
Milly Barranger – Author/Educator*
Mason Granger – Director of Grants, Hearst Foundation*
Fran Kumin – Consultant – Perf. Arts Organizations/Foundations/University Theatre Programs
Michael Kantor – Executive Producer, American Masters*
Jim McLaughlin – Former Producer, CBS News
Sheila Nevins – President, HBO Documentary Films*
Tom Watson – Retired Executive, Television Advertising

Playwrights (4)
Daniel Goldfarb – Playwright / Book writer
Tim Federle – Novelist/Playwright*
Katori Hall – Playwright*
Paul Rudnick – Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist

Producers (6)
Bob Alwine – Associate Producer, Goodspeed Musicals*
Luis Castro – Media and Entertainment Executive/Producer
Edgar Dobie – Executive Producer, Arena Stage*
Mara Isaacs – Founder and Director, Octopus Theatricals, LLC
Mikki Shepard – Executive Producer, The Apollo Theatre
Edward Strong – Producer

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