It looks like the American Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Diane Paulus is heading to a pretty swanky soiree in New York this May. And by “pretty swanky soiree,” I mean to say the 78th Annual Drama League Awards. Paulus will receive the Drama League’s 2012 Founder’s Award for Excellence in Directing.
Paulus, who also teaches at Harvard University, has added her own distinct directorial flair to her shows at the A.R.T. Her most recent projects include the rock musical Prometheus Bound and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Her glitter-covered interactive Shakespearean-disco The Donkey Show literally hustled its way to Oberon in 2009 and still continues to draw in crowds of dancers and theatre-goers every weekend.
The Drama League Awards is held every May in the Marriot Marquis Times Square Ballroom. Performers, directors, producers and various other celebrities in the world of American theatre join up to honor the best of the best for the year. Each award is only given once a lifetime, and this year Paulus will be honored alongside Emmy winner Rosie O’Donnell and Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken. Didn’t I tell you? Swanky.
Past winners of the Founder’s Award include Tony Award winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman, playwright and director Arthur Laurents, and director Tony O’Brien.