Good news, New York! The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced on June 13 that as of the 2013-2014 season, theater companies in New York (including New York City) will be eligible to win the Regional Theater Tony Award.
The Tonys have never before awarded the honor to a New York-based theater company. The award, which this year went to Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, is handed out based on recommendations by the American Theatre Critics Association and is accompanied by a grant of $25,000.
The award was officially dubbed in 1976 when Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage was honored. Since then, the Regional Theatre Tony Award has gone to notable companies like the American Conservatory Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Alliance Theatre and Williamstown Theatre Festival.