The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) will receive the 18th Monte Cristo Award. A gala dinner featuring a conversation with the honoree will be held at New York City's Edison Ballroom on April 30.
The O'Neill annually bestows its Monte Cristo Award on a prominent theater artist whose work has had an extraordinary impact on American theater, in memory of its namesake. The gala event supports the Center's commitment to developing new work and new artists for the stage.
Miranda's first professional production was at the O'Neill's National Music Theater Conference with In the Heights in 2005, and in May the Miranda Family Fund announced their commitment to provide scholarships for artists of color to attend the O'Neill's National Theater Institute. N.T.I.'s credit-earning theater intensives — taught by industry professionals and master teachers — train actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and composers to produce, write, direct, and act in their own work, as well as create their own path in the industry.
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