The recipients of this year’s Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre have been announced, and they include Lincoln Center Theater exec producer Bernard Gersten, Jujamcyn Theatres executive vice president Paul Libin and scenic designer Ming Cho Lee.
The three will receive their awards at the 2013 Tony Awards, which will be held at Radio City Music Hall on June 9. Last year’s recipient was producer Manny Azenberg.
Gersten has been the Executive Producer of Lincoln Center Theater since 1985, overseeing 153 productions in the last 28 years including Anything Goes, The Heiress, The Light in the Piazza, The Coast of Utopia, South Pacific, War Horse, Other Desert Cities, Golden Boy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and The Nance. Gersten also served as Associate Producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival and Vice President of Radio City Music Hall. He’s received 14 Tony Awards and dozens more nominations in his career.
Libin has experienced life in the theater from all angles, as an actor, director, lighting designer, technical director, stage manager, company manager and producer. He’s produced more than 250 productions on Broadway, off-Broadway and on tour since 1958. Libin is the recipient of nine Tony Awards and also served as the former Chairman of the Broadway League. He is currently the president of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Lee is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and has designed sets for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and Joffrey Ballet, as well as Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club and a slew of Broadway productions. He is a Tony, Obie and Drama Desk winner and has been honored for his lifelong achievements by six major theater and opera organizations.