One More For The Team

by Esther Emery

Congratulations to Anna D. Shapiro, who just won a Tony for Direction of a Play.

Her award increases the number of female directors who have won that much coveted and prestigious award from four to five.  I’ll go ahead and post the list, since it won’t take very long.

Garry Hynes (Beauty Queen of Leenane)
Julie Taymor (Lion King)
Susan Stroman (Producers)
Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphosis)
and now Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County)

Thanks, ladies!

Did you know that the Tony awards are named after a woman?  Antoinette Perry first made her name as an actor on Broadway when she was just 18, then retired at 20 to marry and raise a family.  After her husband died some years later, she returned to the stage as an actor and director.  She helped to found the American Theatre Wing (with some other theatre babes) and served as secretary and chairman of the board through World War II.  She died in 1946. 

Here’s more on Anna.

And the rest of this year’s winners.