Photo Flash: Wilbury Group accepts 2018 National Theatre Company Award From American Theatre Wing

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In a ceremony at the Viacom Center in New York, Providence's Wilbury Theatre Group accepted the prestigious 2018 National Theatre Company Award. Wilbury Founder and Artistic Director Josh Short accepted the award from Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, Chairman of the Board of The American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards.

"This recognition from the American Theatre Wing is a tremendous honor," said Short. "It is a testament to the extraordinary skill and creativity of the artists who have worked with us these past eight seasons, and it acknowledges too the loyal support of our ever-growing audience. Most of all though, this award is a tribute to the depth of talent throughout the entire Rhode Island theatre community. We are extremely grateful to the American Theatre Wing for this recognition."

"Over the last couple of years, The Wilbury Theatre Group has grown in leaps and bounds, embedding itself in the culture of Rhode Island - an adventurous, thought-provoking theatre," said Wilbury Board President Eugene Spector. "The coming years are ripe for sustained growth, and we look forward to maintaining our support for these creative artists whose remarkable gifts and dedication continue to bring outstanding theatre to our diverse audience."

Now in it's 8th year, The American Theater Wing's National Theater Company initiatives selectively invites applications from professional theatre organizations between five and fifteen years old that have articulated a distinct mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of creatives in ways that strengthen the quality, diversity and dynamism of American theatre. All awardees are given a $10,000 grant to be used for General Operating expenses to aid in their long term growth.

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Photo Flash: Wilbury Group accepts 2018 National Theatre Company Award From American Theatre Wing
Wilbury Theatre Group artists, Brien Lang (5th from left), Josh Short (center) and Jo-án Peralta (last on right) gather with representatives from National Theatre Company Awardees at the Viacom Ceremony.

Photo Flash: Wilbury Group accepts 2018 National Theatre Company Award From American Theatre Wing
Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (left) and Artistic Director Josh Short (right).

Photo Flash: Wilbury Group accepts 2018 National Theatre Company Award From American Theatre Wing
Representatives of The Wilbury Theatre Group at the Viacom Ceremony include Resident Artist Brien Lang (left), Artistic Director Josh Short (center), and Board Member Jo-án Peralta (right).

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