David Henry Hwang has been elected as the new chair of the American Theatre Wing, the organization that founded the Tony Awards and which also has programs to develop new talent and assist theatre organizations across the country. Hwang succeeds current chair William Ivey Long, who concludes his four-year term this year.
Hwang is best known for his Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly, and has been a vocal advocate for Asian Americans in the theatre. Among the playwright’s other works are Chinglish, Yellow Face, F.O.B., Golden Child, Kung Fu, and The Dance and the Railroad. He also wrote the books for the musicals Aida and Tarzan, as well as the updated version of Flower Drum Song. He is a three-time Obie Award winner, and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
In a statement, Hwang declared “I am honored to serve the American Theatre Wing as it celebrates a century advancing excellence. Through its wide range of programs and activities, the Wing supports the vitality and diversity of theatre in our nation. I will do my best to help build on this iconic legacy.”
For more information on The American Theatre Wing, visit www.AmericanTheatreWing.org.