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Donna Walker-Kuhne Receives Inaugural Rachel Crothers Leadership Award

The League of Professional Theatre Women recognizes Walker-Kuhne’s service to the theatre field.

NEW YORK CITY: The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) has named Donna Walker-Kuhne the inaugural recipient of the Rachel Crothers Leadership Award. Walker-Kuhne, the founder and CEO of Walker Communications, will be celebrated at the LPTW Leadership Luncheon on June 27 in New York City.

Donna Walker-Kuhne.

“We are very excited by the opportunity the League has now to award a theatre woman who brings her gifts and talents to bear in addressing a national or local cause or issue affecting our fellow citizens and everyday Americans,” said Yvette Heyliger, the co-vice president of programming at LPTW.

The Rachel Crothers Leadership Award honors the legacy of Rachel Crothers, a playwright and director who led a group of seven theatre women in the establishment the American Theatre Wing in 1917. The organization, best known for creating the Tony Awards, started as a service organization providing war relief for soldiers in World War I. The award is given to a theatre woman who has distinguished herself in exemplary service and sacrifice for a common cause.

“We’ve cultivated new generations of cultural ambassadors who now see the arts as a necessary element for their lives,” said Walker-Kuhne in a statement. “Most important, our work has proven that the arts are a bridge for cultivating understanding, fostering dialogue, bridging divides, and opening the door for people to share a transformative experience.”

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