NEW YORK CTY: The American Theatre Wing (ATW) has named Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang as its new chair. Hwang succeeds costume designer William Ivey Long in the role. Hwang, who joined the board of the American Theatre Wing in 2009, is also a three-time Obie Award winner, and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
“I am honored to serve the American Theatre Wing as it celebrates a century advancing excellence,” said Hwang in a statement. “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.”
Hwang will serve as chair of the Wing’s board of directors, and will be joined by co-vice chairs Natasha Katz, Marva Smalls, and Pamela Zilly.
The Wing has also announced new appointments to its advisory committee, including Lucy Liu, Patti LuPone, Alia Jones-Harvey, Charles Tolbert, Robyn Coles, Liesl Tommy, Sergio Trujillo, and Lia Vollack.
Founded in 1940, the American Theatre Wing operates programs focused on theatre education and networking.