The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced this year's recipients for the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. This year's awards will be presented to Bernard "Bernie" Gersten, Executive Producer of Lincoln Center Theater; Scenic Designer Ming Cho Lee and Paul Libin, Executive Vice President of Jujamcyn Theatres.
The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented at the 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9th. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Bernard Gersten has been the Executive Producer of Lincoln Center Theater since its re-establishment in 1985, in partnership with Gregory Mosher through 1991 and with André Bishop as Artistic Director since then. Notable among Lincoln Center Theater's 153 productions of the last twenty-eight years: Anything Goes, Sarafina!, Speed-the-Plow, The House of Blue Leaves, Carousel, The Heiress, Arcadia, The Light in the Piazza, The Coast of Utopia, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, War Horse, Other Desert Cities, Golden Boy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and The Nance. For Public Broadcasting System, they have produced The House of Blue Leaves, Comedy of Errors, Our Town, Twelfth Night, Via Dolorosa, The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific. Mr. Gersten was also Producer of the NBC documentary film Voices of Sarafina!
From 1960 to 1978, he was the Associate Producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival for, among other works, including: A Chorus Line, Two Gentlemen of Verona, For Colored Girls..., That Championship Season, Much Ado About Nothing and Hair. For the LCT and NYSF productions, Mr. Gersten received 14 Tony Awards for Best Play/Musical/Revival, as well as innumerable nominations, commendations and other awards. He was Executive Vice President of Zoetrope Studios, Executive Producer of Francis Ford Coppola's One From the Heart and Co-Producer of the live-orchestra presentations throughout the world of Abel Gance's Napoleon. He also served as the Vice President of Radio City Music Hall and Executive Producer of Porgy and Bess and Ice.
Ming Cho Lee is one of the foremost set designers in America today, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the highest national award given in the arts. His extensive credits include work in opera, dance, and theatre. Born in Shanghai, Mr. Lee has worked with many leading American dance companies, including Martha Graham, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Eliot Feld Ballet, Jose Limon, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. From 1962 through 1973, he was the principal designer for Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. He has designed sets for opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera. He has also designed for theatre groups including Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Manhattan Theatre Club, and for Broadway. He is a member of the board of the New 42nd Street! Internationally, Mr. Lee has designed productions for Covent Garden (London), Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Royal Danish Ballet, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (Taipei), the Hong Kong Cultural Center, and Buhnen Graz (Austria).