VIDEO: Pulitzer Prize Was Not Only Honor Given to Lin-Manuel Miranda Yesterday
As BWW reported yesterday, Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for drama. But what wasn't as highly publicized was a second honor Miranda received just hours before the Pulitzer announcement was made.
Along with his father, community activist Luis Miranda, Miranda was honored by Girls Be Heard, a non-profit theater company in New York that brings global issues affecting girls center stage by empowering young women to tell their stories. Said the HAMILTON star and creator of the honor, "The award is gravy. To be honored alongside my dad who saves my life everyday is gravy. So it's really exciting." Find out more below!
Under Ashley Marinaccio's direction, GIRL BE HEARD's performances have toured internationally and received critical acclaim from The White House, The United Nations, the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine, National Public Radio, and media outlets across the globe. The collective has written and performed award-winning shows including: Girl Power: Survival of the Fittest; Project Girl Congo (commissioned by Panzi Hospital USA and performed in the White House); Child Bride (commissioned by the United Nations Girl Up Foundation and presented as a five-city tour); Trafficked, about girls in New York City enslaved in the sex trafficking industry; 9mm America, exploring America's culture of gun violence; and DISPLACED, examining displacement, homelessness, and the consequences of conflict in the U.S. and abroad.
Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard RodgersTheatre in March 2008. His written work for the show earned him numerous accolades, including the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Miranda's performance in the show's lead role of Usnavi earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Video courtesy of USA Today