This Saturday, the American Theatre Wing will recognize Theatre Development Fund's groundbreaking Open Doors program with a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. (Tony Honors are given to individuals and organizations that aren't eligible in competitive Tony categories.)
We are thrilled and humbled by this award for the program, which pairs small groups of local high school students with professional theatre mentors. Along with a teacher and a TDF rep, the students and their mentors see plays, musicals, and dance performances and then discuss them over pizza. Through those conversations, the students not only learn more about the performing arts, but also learn to express themselves in a deeper way.
To see how Open Doors works, just watch this short video, which follows a group mentored by the actress Kathleen Chalfant. In a small way, it captures the unique spirit of this special program.