The Broadway League Announces the 2013 League Awards, Honoring Touring Broadway: Center Theatre Group, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City and More
The annual Broadway League Awards, honoring excellence and achievement for Touring Broadway, were announced today during the Broadway League's 2013 Spring Road Conference. First presented in 1992, the Broadway League Awards recognize the contributions of those who have displayed exemplary service to the Broadway industry and are considered innovators of their craft.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, commented, "League members work tirelessly year-round to bring Broadway shows to patrons in New York and cities across the U.S. and Canada. All of us at The Broadway League are proud to present the League Awards to active members of the industry who consistently go above and beyond to ensure the greatest quality of work."
Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management (Samuel J. L'Hommedieu Award) was given to Douglas C. Baker of The Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, CA for demonstrating excellence in management. (presented by Nina Lannan)
Douglas C. Baker is the Producing Director of Center Theatre Group, and is currently in his 23rd season with Los Angeles' premiere theatre company, where he supervises all productions and presentations at the Ahmanson Theatre (seating capacity from 1,650-2,070), Mark Taper Forum (with 739 seats) and the Kirk Douglas Theatre (seats 317). The Ahmanson Theatre, in particular, is somewhat unique in its programming in that CTG produces many of its own productions, remounts current Broadway and West End productions exclusively for Los Angeles audiences, and presents national touring productions. Baker is a graduate of Albion College, an active member of the Broadway League, the Independent Presenters Network, the League of Resident Theatres and National Alliance for Musical Theatre; and is a proud member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers.
Outstanding Achievement in Road Marketing was given to VICTOR HAMBURGER of Arizona State University Gammage in Tempe, AZ for his dedication to in-house marketing department. (presented by Anita Dloniak and Laura Matalon)
Victor Hamburger is the Director of Marketing & Communications at ASU Gammage and is currently in his fifth year serving on The Broadway League's Road Marketing Committee, currently in the role of Co-Chairman. Hamburger has served on the Spring Road Conference Committee and has participated in the Fall Marketing Forum. Under his leadership, ASU Gammage garnered over 76,000 tickets via subscription. Always wanting to give his patrons the best experience, Hamburger has implemented a new system in order to help avoid ticket fraud and has spearheaded a social media campaign that has successfully connected ASU Gammage to a younger audience. With better interactivity, patrons are experiencing a whole new level of theatre-going thanks to Hamburger. Due to Hamburger's hard work, ASU Gammage also expanded "Heroes Night," a night dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces and their service animals.
Charlotte Wilcox is a leader in the Broadway industry. The Charlotte Wilcox Company is a General Management firm that has worked on Broadway since 1997. The Charlotte Wilcox Company has managed numerous Tony Award winning shows such as Catch Me If You Can, the 2009 revival of West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Wilcox is constantly working on innovative shows and strives to keep Broadway filled with fresh new Broadway shows. The Charlotte Wilcox Company has worked on a variety of new Broadway shows such as Elf, [title of show], and Come Fly Away.