Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Amanda Kloots Will Be Honored with Robin Roberts Thrivership Award

The Broadway veteran lost her husband, Tony-nominated actor Nick Cordero, due to complications related to coronavirus.

Amanda Kloots Will Be Honored with Robin Roberts Thrivership Award

ABC News Live will air the first-ever "Robin Roberts Thrivership Awards," hosted by the "Good Morning America" anchor on Thursday, December 10 beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. BroadwayWorld has just learned that one of the honorees is Broadway veteran Amanda Kloots.

After an unprecedented year where COVID-19 has upended people's lives and America is experiencing a racial reckoning, the one-hour live streaming event recognizes five "thrivers" who have overcome their own personal hardships to make meaningful contributions in their communities and around the world. Celebrity guests will join the celebration with moving introductions for each honoree. Preceding the special event at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, a one-hour special, "Robin Roberts Presents Thriver Thursday," will take a look back at stories from three seasons of Roberts' award-winning "Thriver Thursday" digital series.

"After what has been a difficult year for so many, I am looking forward to celebrating the resilience and generosity of these five individuals. They represent the strength we all have inside of us to fight through and conquer our 'something," said Roberts. "It's an honor to share their stories."

More information on the five honorees (listed alphabetically):

Aaliyah Stewart (Merrillville, Ind.) - When she was 7 years-old, Aaliyah Stewart lost her brother to gun violence. Then, she lost a second brother and two more relatives in separate gun violence incidents. At age 14 Aaliyah created a non-profit to provide scholarships in their names. Now, at age 20, Aaliyah is an advocate for families suffering from loss and working on a youth facility center for kids in her community.

Abi Brittain (Lawrence, Kan.) - Abi Brittain and her two toddler sons survived an unimaginable car accident that left her fighting for her life, on a ventilator for months and left one of her sons with a permanent brain injury. Abi was so inspired by the nurses who helped save her and her family that she enrolled in nursing school. More than two decades later, she's a nurse at the very same hospital that saved her, and she's working to save others on the frontlines in the pandemic.

Amanda Kloots (Los Angeles) and the Broadway Community - Amanda Kloots lost her husband, Tony-nominated actor Nick Cordero, due to complications related to coronavirus. During Cordero's 13-week hospitalization, Kloots rallied her social media followers each day in support of her husband and for all to come together during the difficult time. Despite her devastating loss she has remained resilient and continues to inspire and advocate for Broadway relief, along with various organizations, to support the struggling Broadway community and its workers.

Hannah Lucas (Cummings, Ga.) -When she was 15 years-old, Hannah Lucas attempted suicide. Three years later, she didn't want others to feel as alone or isolated as she once felt while battling a medical illness and mental health issues. With her younger brother Charlie, she created the NotOK app to help those struggling with mental illness, addiction issues or who are in crisis or need some type of help. Their app is expanding into other countries and has seen a significant spike in downloads and usage during the pandemic.

Ryan Dwyer (Seattle) - Ryan and his stepdaughter Violet both battled cancer in 2019. He paid for and delivered meals to thank the healthcare workers who saved them. Even though Ryan's cancer returned earlier this year, he created and runs a non-profit to continue feeding frontline healthcare workers and support the local restaurants that are struggling.

"Robin Roberts Thrivership Awards" is produced by Rock'n Robin Productions for ABC News Live. Katie den Daas and Catherine McKenzie are executive producers for ABC News Live. John R. Green and Robin Roberts are executive producers for Rock'n Robin Productions.

"Robin Roberts Presents Thriver Thursday" is executive produced by John R. Green and Robin Roberts. Gabriel Kerr and Jade Anderson are supervising producers of the series.



Related Stories

More Hot Stories For You


Sony Classical Releases The Boston Symphony Chamber Players' Complete RCA Victor Recordings, August 26
August 10, 2022

It was inevitable that the Boston Symphony – hailed as “The Aristocrat of Orchestras” in the early '60s by RCA Victor, its long-time record company – would spin off an ensemble from its elite roster of principals.

Diablo Ballet Announces 2022-2023 29th Season
August 10, 2022

Artistic Director Lauren Jonas has announced Diablo Ballet's 2022 - 2023 performance season featuring the Company premiere of Confetti by Gerald Arpino, which will be presented as part of his Centennial Celebration to honor what would have been his 100th birthday.

Sixth Annual SONGWRITERS IN PARADISE Cabo Unveils Artist Lineup
August 10, 2022

On the heels of the wildly successful launch of Songwriters in Paradise Healdsburg, an experience that featured 4 nights at some of Sonoma County's best wineries SIP is thrilled to reveal the musical lineup for the sixth annual SIP CABO, taking place November 30 - December 3, 2022 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Former Rhode Island Philharmonic Music Director Larry Rachleff Has Passed Away
August 10, 2022

Larry Rachleff, former Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, passed away on  August 8th in Houston, TX. He served as Music Director from 1996-2017 and conducted his final  concerts with the orchestra in May 2017, his farewell as Music Director. That concert featured his wife, mezzo-soprano Susan Lorette Dunn. 

The Crossing Presents Shara Nova's TITRATION, August 13
August 10, 2022

Grammy Award-winning choir The Crossing gives the Philadelphia premiere performance of Shara Nova's TITRATION at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill this Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 4:00pm. The new work delves into feelings of joy, rage, and determination, told through songs by singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Shara Nova—the composer of one of The Crossing's acclaimed Carols after a Plague, also known for her work as My Brightest Diamond.