Vineyard Theatre Names Tyler Thomas Recipient of 2021 Susan Stroman Directing Award
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:20 am EST 01/14/21





Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce Lessons in Survival director Tyler Thomas will be awarded with the biennial Susan Stroman Directing Award at this year's Open House taking place virtually on Sunday, January 31 at 5:00 pm EST. The hour-long program will feature the celebration of awards given to new resident artists, conversations with Vineyard veterans from favorite shows and sneak previews of upcoming works of alternative theatre in the 2020-2021 Season.

This past fall, Thomas directed the critically acclaimed online series, Lessons in Survival, which was named "Best Theater in 2020" by The New York Times. A conversation with Ms. Stroman and Ms. Thomas will take place following the presentation of the award. The Vineyard established the Susan Stroman Directing Award and residency in 2013, giving it biennially to a talented early or mid-career director to develop new work while in residence. Named after Tony Award-winning director Susan Stroman, the award provides recipients with space, time, and support to develop projects and strike new collaborations, while creating opportunities for them to become part of the life of the company in an ongoing way. Previous recipients include Whitney White (What To Send Up When It Goes Down), Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, The Vineyard's Kid Victory) and Lee Sunday Evans (Dance Nation, Intractable Woman).

In June 2020, York Walker was announced as the recipient of the inaugural Colman Domingo Award. The award will be officially presented to Mr. Walker at the event, to be followed by a Q & A between Mr. Domingo and Mr. Walker. Seeded in 2019 from the longtime collaboration between The Vineyard and Domingo, the Colman Domingo Award is bestowed annually to a multi-faceted Black male or male-identifying theatre artist to provide support and resources to create new work. Recipients are selected directly by The Vineyard and Mr. Domingo and receive a cash stipend, workshops and other developmental opportunities, access to writing and studio space, mentorship and the ongoing support of The Vineyard.

The Vineyard's Susan Stroman Directing Award is made possible through the generosity of The Tournesol Project. The Colman Domingo Award is made possible through the generosity of Joe and Mary Ann Allen.

Vineyard's 2021 Open House will also include a special look behind the scenes of Mini-Commissioned artists including a preview performance from an upcoming musical podcast by Kirsten Childs and an interactive demonstration of the innovative technology that Jared Mezzocchi is developing to theatricalize online performance.

The Vineyard's Open House event is open to all 2020-2021 Members as well as supporters at the $100 level and above. To become a Member or make a donation, visit vineyardtheatre.org or call 646-931-4714.

Susan Stroman is a five-time Tony Award winner whose work has been honored with Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and a record five Astaire Awards. Most notably, she directed and choreographed The Producers, winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards including Best Director and Best Choreography. For Lincoln Center Theater she co-created, directed and choreographed the groundbreaking musical Contact. She directed and choreographed The Scottsboro Boys, nominated for 12 Tony Awards and winner of London's Evening Standard's Award for Best Musical. Broadway credits include Crazy For You, Prince of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Oklahoma! , Young Frankenstein, Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man, The Frogs, Show Boat, Big, Steel Pier. Off-Broadway credits include The Beast in the Jungle, Dot, Flora the Red Menace , And the World Goes 'Round, Happiness, The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville. She directed and choreographed The Merry Widow for The Metropolitan Opera. Her work is represented in television and film. She is the winner of the American Choreography Award for outstanding achievement in Feature Film for the movie Center Stage. She has created ballets for New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Martha Graham. Most recently, she directed and choreographed the Broadway bound Ahrens/Flaherty musical Marie. She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater and a member of the Theater Hall of Fame in New York City.

Tyler Thomas is a director and choreographer, currently based in NYC. Her work has most recently been produced by the Vineyard Theatre, Rattlestick Theater, New Ohio Theatre, The Flea and HERE Arts Center. As an associate and assistant, she has worked with directors such as Whitney White, Taibi Magar, Young Jean Lee, Lear deBessonet, Lee Sunday Evans, Jo Bonney and the Builders Association. Tyler is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, current 2050 Fellow with New York Theater Workshop and Foeller Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Visiting Artist at the Athens Conservatoire in Greece and Resident Director of The Commissary, a theater collective currently in residence with The Vineyard Theatre. She holds a BFA in Drama and MA in Arts Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts.

Colman Domingo is a Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominated actor, director, writer and producer. Colman has recently received his Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Ursinus College. He is a Juilliard School Creative Associate and on faculty of the Yale School of Drama. He has starred in some of the most profound films in recent years such as Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, Steven Spielbergs' Lincoln, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Ava Duvernay's Selma and Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation. He currently stars in George Wolfe's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and the upcoming films, Jordan Peele's Candyman and Janicza Bravo's Zola. He stars on AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" and guest stars on HBO's "Euphoria." He recurred on Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick." His plays and musicals include Dot (Samuel French), Wild with Happy (Dramatist Play Service) and A Boy and His Soul (Oberon Books), the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and Geffen Playhouse history making musical Light's Out: Nat King Cole. His work has been produced by The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Humana Festival of New American Plays, New York Stage and Film, A.C.T, The Tricycle Theater in London, Brisbane Powerhouse in Australia, among others. He is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel, Obie, Audelco and GLAAD Award for his work. His production company, Edith Productions, has a first look deal with AMC for which he is developing television, film, theater and animation projects. He is currently writing a new musical for The Young Vic in London and hosting his digital series, Bottomless Brunch at Colman's which is now in its third season on AMC.com

York Walker is an award-winning writer based in Harlem, New York. He is currently a member of Lena Waithe's Hillman Grad Mentorship Program. His work includes The Séance (Winner of the John Singleton Short Film Competition, 48 Hours… in Harlem), You're Gonna Be Famous (Atlantic Theatre Company Conservatory), Covenant (Fire This Time Festival, Access Theatre's 4 Flights Up Festival), White Shoes (Fire This Time Festival), Summer Of '63 (The Actors Company Theatre's New TACTics Festival, Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Apprentice Reading Series) and Of Dreams To Come (American Conservatory Theatre's New Work Series). York received his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Kirsten Childs is the award-winning writer of the musicals The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Miracle Brothers, Fly (with Rajiv Joseph and Bill Sherman), Funked Up Fairy Tales and Bella: An American Tall Tale (directed by Robert O'Hara). Bella received its world premiere in the 2016-2017 season at Dallas Theater Center, with a co-production at Playwrights Horizons. Bubbly Black Girl was recently produced at Theatre Royal Stratford East in the UK and at City Centers Encores! Off-Broadway. For her work, Kirsten has received Obie, Kleban, Larson, Richard Rodgers, Audelco and Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla awards, as well as Lortel and Drama Desk nominations. She is currently working on a commissioned project for The New Group with writer/director Gordon Greenberg. Kirsten has written for Disney Theatricals, the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, the New Electric Company, City Center Encores!, Works and Process @ Guggenheim Museum, and Premieres/Inner Voices under the producership of Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director of the O'Neill National Music Theater Conference. She is an adjunct professor in NYU's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program and a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

Jared Mezzocchi is an Lucille Lortel and Obie Award-winning multimedia artist based out of Washington DC. He is a resident artist at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington DC and has directed and designed at theaters across the U.S. including The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee Rep, Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, National Geographic, National Gallery of Art, and Centerstage Baltimore, Roundhouse Theater and The National Players. In NYC, he has worked with Manhattan Theatre Club, Big Art Group, The Builders Association, Rob Roth, 3-Legged Dog, New Georges, and HERE Arts Center. Other honors include the Henry Hewes Award, Princess Grace Award, and a Helen Hayes nomination. He is currently co-directing and media designing Sarah Gancher's Russian Troll Farm, blending theatre, cinema and television technique into a live online performance. Mezzocchi received his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College and is currently on faculty at University Of Maryland, College Park, where he built the projection design curriculum in the MFA design program. His book, A Multimedia Designer's Method To Theatrical Storytelling will be published through Routledge in Spring 2021. Mezzocchi grew up in New Hampshire, where he returns every summer as Producing Artistic Director of Andy's Summer Playhouse.

Vineyard Theatre's original cast benefit reading of Gloria, the Pulitzer Prize finalist play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Evan Cabnet, will begin streaming on January 19 at 7:00pm EST and will be available through January 24. Proceeds from this reading will support the artists and programs in the nonprofit theatre's 2020-2021 season, with a portion of the proceeds supporting The Dramatists Guild Foundation. Single tickets are currently available with a minimum donation of $25 and can be purchased at www.vineyardtheatre.org/gloria-2/.

About Vineyard Theatre

Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to nurturing the voices of daring artists and developing and producing work that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. One of the country's preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, our work seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to see ourselves and our world from different perspectives.

The Vineyard's 2019-2020 Season included Tina Satter's Is This A Room, named "Best Theater of 2019" by The New York Times and New York Magazine and winner of the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience; and Lucas Hnath's Dana H., New York Times Best Theatre of 2020 and New York Times Critic's Pick, which won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Other notable premieres include Ngozi Anyanwu's Good Grief; Jeremy O. Harris' "Daddy"; Mara Nelson-Greenberg's Do You Feel Anger?; David Cale's Harry Clarke (2018 Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel Awards); Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Indecent (two 2017 Tony Awards); two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria; Nicky Silver's The Lyons; Marx, Lopez and Whitty's Avenue Q (Tony Award, Best Musical); Kander, Ebb, and Thompson's The Scottsboro Boys; Bell and Bowen's [title of show]; Polly Pen's Goblin Market; Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out!; Jenny Schwartz' God's Ear; Will Eno's Middletown ; Becky Mode's Fully Committed; Colman Domingo's Dot, and many more.

The Vineyard's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Susan Stroman Directing Award, and Colman Domingo Award provide residencies to early-career artists and our education programs serve over 700 NYC public high school students annually in collaboration with Developing Artists. Works developed and premiered at our home in Union Square have gone on to be seen around the world and The Vineyard is proud to be the recipient of special Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards for artistic excellence.

The Vineyard's 2020-2021 Artists-in-Residence include John J. Caswell, Jr., The Commissary, Michael R. Jackson, Charly Evon Simpson, Tyler Thomas, York Walker and Whitney White.

Vineyard Theatre's leadership includes Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel.

For more information, call the box office at 646-931-4714 or please visit www.vineyardtheatre.org.

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