Tony winner Betty Buckley, Tony nominee Sam Waterston, director Trevor Nunn, late costume designer Martin Pakledinaz and more will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. The invitation only event will be held January 28, 2013 at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre.
In addition to Buckley, Pakledinaz and Waterston, the 2012 inductees will also include playwright Christopher Durang, director/producer Andre Bishop, director Michael Kahn and playwright Paula Vogel.
Established in 1971 by Earl Blackwell, James M. Nederlander, Gerard Oestreicher and L. Arnold Weissberger, the Theater Hall of Fame recognizes lifetime achievement in American theater. In order to be eligible for induction, the theater professional must have given 25 years of distinguished service to the American theater and have at least five Broadway production credits to their name. The Theater Hall of Fame and the American Theater Critics Association vote, and the eight nominees receiving the most votes are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Buckley earned a Tony Award for Cats and an additional nomination for Triumph of Love. Her other Broadway credits include Sunset Boulevard, Carrie, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Song and Dance.
Waterston’s Broadway credits include Hamlet, A Doll’s House, Much Ado About Nothing and Abe Lincoln in Illinois, for which he earned a Tony nomination.
Nunn earned Tony Awards for directing Les Miserables, Cats and The Life and Adventures of Nicholoas Nickleby. His other Broadway directing credits include A Little Night Music and Rock 'n Roll.
Pakledinaz most recently designed costumes for Chaplin, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Man and Boy. He earned Tony Awards for his work on Thoroughly Modern Millie and Kiss Me Kate.
Bishop serves as artistic director of Lincoln Center and has earned Tony Awards for many of the company's productions including Clybourne Park, War Horse, South Pacific and The Coast of Utopia.
Durang’s Broadway plays include Beyond Therapy, All About Me and Sex and Longing. His latest play Vanya and Sonia and Sasha and Spike will play Lincoln Center's Newhouse Theatre this fall.
Kahn directed Show Boat, Whodunnit, The Night of the Tribades, Othello, King Henry V and more on Broadway.
Vogel earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for How I Learned to Drive. Her additional plays include The Mineola Twins, Desdemona and The Baltimore Waltz.