Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Bonnie Comley, Kirk Iwanowski, Mary Jain, and Board Host VIP Reception at Drama League Awards at the Ziegfeld Ballroom!

By: May. 25, 2022
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On Friday, May 20, 2022, one hour before the Drama League Awards, Board President Bonnie Comley, Kirk Iwanowski, Mary Jain, and the Board Hosted a VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards right next to the Ziegfeld Ballroom. While the Drama League Distinguished Performance nominees were lining up for the dais, a cocktail party was in full swing in the adjacent ballroom.

It was a Who's Who of award-winning producers including; James L. Nederlander, John Gore, Stewart F. Lane, Nelle Nugent, Fran Weissler, Nick Scandalios, Andre Bishop, Oskar Eustis, Kevin McCollum, Jill Furman, Chris Harper, Lia Vollack, Barry Grove, Carole Rothman, Sydney Beers, Luigi Caiola, Riki Kane Larimer, Wendy Federman, Stephen Byrd, Doug Denoff, Alia Jones Harvey, Tom Kirdahy, Ken Davenport, Jenna Segal, Jane Bergere, Gabrielle Palitz, Judy Abrams, Neal Rubinstein, Kenneth Keaton, Kate Horton, Mara Isaac, Catherine Schreiber, Travis Lemont Ballenger, Margot Astrachan, and Hunter Arnold.

Other behind the scenes theater and industry VIPs and friends included; Frank DiLella (Awards host and Emmy winning tv personality ), Laura Michele Talbot (American Theater Wing), Joe Benincasa (Entertainment Community Fund), Melissa Farber (BroadwayHD), Carin Chadow (City National Bank), Rebecca Shalam (HUG NFTs), Darin Oduyoye (JP Morgan Next List), Doug Reside ( NYPL Billy Rose Theatre Division), Scott Schwartz (Bay Street Theater), Tracy Mitchell (Bay Street Theater), Gary Hygom (Suffolk Theater), Nicole Rosky (BroadwayWorld), Susan Lee (Broadway Education Alliance), Amy Herman Schechter (Nest Seekers), Matt Schechter (NYC & Co), Andrea Grover (Guild Hall), CeCe Black (Whidden Black, Co), Greg Rohan (Heritage Auctions), Danielle Allen (BroadwayHD), Ellie Heyman (Directors Project Alumnae), John Rando (Direcotrs Project Alumna), Margo Nederlander, Howard Rudominer (Drama League NAC), Lynn Notage (Playwright), Charmayne Strayhorn (Myles Frost's mother who posted his dancing videos online and he got the job - thanks, Mom!), Warren Carlyle (choreographer), Lear deBessonet (Director Project alumnae), Todd Haimes (Roundabout), Joe Machota (CAA), Susan Lang (Drama League NAC), Gio Messale (BoradwayHD), Rick Miramontez (DKC/O&M), Catalin Stelian (Catalin Media), Annette Pfister (Drama League) and Nick Falzon (Disney Theatrical).

The Drama League Board Members include Bonnie Comley, Joe Pizza, Arthur Pober, Donna Daniels, Tony Benton, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Bevin Ross, Elena Araoz, Estefania Fadul, Leslie Feldman, Irene Gandy, Sarah Hutton, Kirk Iwanowski, Una Jackman, mary Jain, Paula Kaminsky Davis, Gwynn MacDonald, Stan Ponte, Townsend Teague, John Alan Turner, Nicole A. Watson, and Kumiko Yoshii,

Proceeds from the Drama League Awards go to funding The Drama League's The Directors Project. The 2022 Directors Project stage directors who will receive fellowships, assistantships, and residencies are NJ Agwuna, Jean Carlo Yunén Aróstegui, Jennifer Chang, Andrew Coopman, Justin Emeka, Nadia Guevara, Emily Hartford, Susanna Jaramillo, Ibi Owolabi, Logan Gabrielle Schulman, Noam Shapiro, Jessica Natalie Smith, and Kendra Ware. Several of these recipients were in attendance to receive a formal introduction at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

The VIP reception was followed by the award ceremony hosted by Frank DiLella and honored Willette Murphy Klausner, Liliana Blain-Cruz, Hugh Jackman, and Billy Crystal. The ceremony opened with remarks from Bonnie Comley, Executive Director, Bevin Ross, and Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks. The awards were presented during a luncheon which allowed all the Drama League Distinguished Performance nominees to give short, heartfelt remarks about their work and careers. The afternoon was intimate, full of laughter, tears, respect, and celebration of life in the theater.

To learn more about The Drama League, and for a full list of winners and nominees, go to www.DramaLeague.org

Pictures: Eugene Gologursky

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Kirk Iwanowski, Bonnie Comley & Mary Jain

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

James Blinken & Nicole Rosky

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Travis Lemont Ballenger, Irene Gandy, Judith Abrams, Gabby Palitz & Bonnie Comley

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Nilan Johnson, Helen O'Rourke, Bonnie Comley & Patrick Anthony Surillo

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Willette Murphy Klausner & Manuel S. Klausner

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Brian Curran & Susan Lee

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Charmayne Strayhorn, Bonnie Comley, Wendy Federman, EZ Tommy & Irene Gandy

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Anita Hutton & Bonnie Comley

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Jamie Lozano & Bonnie Comley

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Laura Michele Talbot & Bonnie Comley

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

CeCe Black, Greg Rohan & Bonnie Comley

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Matt Schechter & Amy Herman Schechter

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Carin Chadow & Bonnie Comley

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Kendra Ware, Ibi Owolabi, Andrew Coopman, Bonnie Comley, Jessica Natalie Smith, Susanna Jaramillo, Emily Hartford & Nilan Johnson

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

John Alan Turner

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Donna Daniels

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Bevin Ross

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Frank Di Lella & Bonnie Comley

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Mary Jain

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

Bevin Ross & Bonnie Comley

Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards
Bonnie Comley, Stewart F. Lane & Melissa Farber
Feature: The Real MVPs! - A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

The Dias with the winners & nominees, and Bonnie Comley








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