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Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives the 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award

Actors' Equity Association has named Lin-Manuel Miranda the recipient of the 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award. The award, established in 1988, is given for outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of human experience in American theatre. It goes to an individual, theatre or producing organization with an exemplary record in the hiring or promotion of people of color, women and actors with disabilities through diverse and inclusive casting.

"Lin-Manuel Miranda has changed the face of American theatre with his intentionally multi-cultural re-telling of American history in the musical Hamilton," said Christine Toy Johnson, Equity's National Equal Employment Opportunity Chair. "Miranda has taken history and turned it on its head. In casting non-Caucasian actors to portray Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and other Founding Fathers, as well as their families, Miranda has created new opportunities for performers of color and proven that non-Caucasian performers can be the face of massively commercial works of art."

The Award was presented at Equity's National membership meeting on Monday, April 23.

Hamilton won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award from Actors' Equity, and the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical, where it earned a record-setting sixteen nominations. Manuel himself has earned three Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He has also been a human rights advocate, including doing major work to raise awareness and funding for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

"Not only are there now 3 companies of Hamilton in the United States employing a myriad of Equity actors and stage managers, but the meteoric success of the show has inspired diverse and inclusive casting all across the country," Johnson said. "I believe what Miranda has created in Hamilton is a game changer for all of us. Now there is precedence. And box office. And hope. And all of those things can go a very long way to making even more things seem possible."

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its Members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. www.actorsequity.org #EquityWorks

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Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives the 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award
Actors Equity Association President Kate Shindle with Rosetta LeNoire Award Recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda

Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives the 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award
Actors Equity EEO Committee Chair Christine Toy Johnson presents the Rosetta LeNoire Award to Lin-Manuel Miranda

Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives the 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award
Lin-Manuel Miranda receives Actors Equity's Rosetta LeNoire Award

Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives the 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award
Presenter and Actors Equity EEO Committee Chair Christine Toy Johnson toasts Lin-Manuel Miranda

Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives the 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award
Presenter and Actors Equity EEO Committee Chair Christine Toy Johnson with Lin-Manuel Miranda



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