Outstanding Achievement Awards – 2006

Congratulations to
Cynthia Nixon and Wendy Wasserstein,
Recipients of the 2006 T. Schreiber Studio’s
Outstanding Achievement Award

Awarded Thursday, April 20, 12 noon – 3 p.m.
3 West Club, 3 West 51st St., NYC

Cynthia Nixon

Wendy Wasserstein

The T. Schreiber Studio is proud to announce that it will honor Cynthia Nixon and the late Wendy Wasserstein with awards for career achievement at a ceremony to be held on Thursday, April 20. The luncheon ceremony, which begins at 12 noon at the 3 West Club (3 West 51st Street), will be hosted by award-winning comedienne and actress Julie Halston. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the T. Schreiber Studio and, in honor of Ms. Wasserstein, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®. Individual tickets, priced at $200, and tables (of 10, priced at $2000 and up) are available now by calling the T. Schreiber Studio at (212) 741-0209.

The T. Schreiber Studio, established in 1969, is recognized as one of the foremost professional theatre organizations in New York City, devoted to the comprehensive training and development of theatre professionals in a supportive and collaborative environment. For over 37 years, the Studio has trained actors, directors, and playwrights, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in theatre, film, and television. The T. Schreiber Studio also provides professional development opportunities to its actors, directors, and playwrights through the studio’s annual season of productions. Specializing in mounting a wide diversity of plays from classic to contemporary, the Studio has produced more than 200 plays since the mid-80’s. The T. Schreiber Studio is a not-for profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 66 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease
and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $424 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, the Society made 2.5 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
For more information, visit www.LLS.org.

Cynthia Nixon is currently starring in David Lindsay-Abaire’s RABBIT HOLE on Broadway. Nixon won a Theater World Award at age fourteen for her stage debut in Ellis Rabb’s production of THE PHILADELPHIA STORY at Lincoln Center. At fifteen, she was directed by Louis Malle in the title role of John Guare’s LYDIE BREEZE. At age eighteen, she appeared simultaneously in two Broadway productions, David Rabe’s HURLYBURLY and Tom Stoppard’s THE REAL THING, both directed by Mike Nichols, while a freshman in her first semester at Barnard College. Cynthia next appeared on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein’s THE HEIDI CHRONICLES and her other Broadway credits include INDISCRETIONS (Tony Award nomination), Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA and Alfred Uhry’s THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO. Off-Broadway, Cynthia appeared as Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET (The Public Theater/NYSF), STRING FEVER (EST), THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, THE BALCONY SCENE (Circle Rep), ON THE BUM (Playwrights Horizons), THE SCARLET LETTER and THE ILLUSION (both CSC) and LEMON SKY and MOONCHILDREN (both Second Stage). As a founding member of the Drama Dept., she appeared in their productions of Douglas Carter Beane’s THE COUNTRY CLUB and AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN, Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman’s JUNE MOON, Tennessee Williams’ KINGDOM OF EARTH and Frank Puliese’s HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS. Other stage roles include Honey in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, directed by playwright Edward Albee (Los Angeles Drama Critics and Robby Award nominations), Emily in OUR TOWN (Robby Award nomination), Hilde in Henrik Ibson’s THE MASTER BUILDER, Raina in ARMS AND THE MAN, Melibea in Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Pierre Corneilles’ THE ILLUSION, Hester Prynne in Phyllis Nagy’s adaptation of THE SCARLET LETTER and Nora in Ibsen’s A DOLL HOUSE. For her television work, Cynthia has received 4 Emmy nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and 6 SAG award nominations for “Sex & The City” and “Warm Springs,” having been honored with an Emmy Award, two SAG Awards and a Lucy Award for “Sex & The City.” Her other television credits include the ABC After School Special “Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid,” costarring Butterfly McQueen (her first professional job), PBS’s Mark Twain’s “Private History of a Campaign that Failed,” the American Playhouse presentations of Lanford Wilson’s “Fifth of July” and “Women and Wallace,” and HBO’s “Tanner ’88,” Robert Altman and Gary Trudeau’s political spoof of the 1988 Presidential campaign, and its 2004 sequel “Tanner on Tanner.” Her film credits include LITTLE DARLINGS, Sidney Lumet’s PRINCE OF THE CITY, Milos Forman’s AMADEUS, Robert Altman’s O.C. & STIGGS, Marshal Brickman’s THE MANHATTAN PROJECT, LET IT RIDE, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES, THE PELICAN BRIEF, BABY’S DAY OUT, MARVIN’S ROOM, THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS, IGBY GOES DOWN, LITTLE MANHATTAN and ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR, based on the play by Drama Dept.’s Douglas Carter Beane.

Wendy Wasserstein (October 18, 1950 – January 30, 2006) was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. Ms. Wasserstein was the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Wasserstein earned a B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College in 1971, an M.A. in creative writing from City College of New York, and an M.F.A. in 1976 from the Yale School of Drama. In 2002, Wasserstein received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bates College. Wasserstein’s first production of note was UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS (her graduate thesis at Yale), a play which reflected her experiences as a student at, and an alumna of, Mount Holyoke College. A full version of the play was produced in 1977 off-Broadway with Glenn Close, Jill Eikenberry and Swoosie Kurtz playing the lead roles. The play was subsequently produced for PBS with Meryl Streep joining Eikenberry and Kurtz. In 1989, she won both the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize for her play, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES. Her wry, smart, and often highly comical plays, which explore topics ranging from feminism to family to ethnicity to pop culture, include THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER, OLD MONEY, and her most recent work which opened in Fall 2005, THIRD. In addition, she wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film, THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION. Ms. Wasserstein’s other writing included a spoof of self-help literature, “Sloth,” two books of essays, “Bachelor Girls” and “Shiksa Goddess (Or How I Spent My Forties),” the children’s book “Pamela’s First Musical,” and the upcoming novel “Elements of Style.” Ms. Wasserstein was hospitalized with lymphoma in December 2005, and passed away on January 30, 2006, aged 55. She was survived by her mother, two siblings and her young daughter, Lucy Jane Wasserstein.

And…

A Special Angel Award will be presented to
Seymour Weinstein
for his generous contribution to the
T. Schreiber Studio

2006 Co-Chairpersons:
Summer Moore
Stefan Mreczko

Special Guests to include:
Julie Halston, Mistress of Ceremonies
Jane Alexander
David Lindsay-Abaire
Emily Mann
Marian Seldes

Honorary Committee:
Eve Ensler
Tina Howe
Anne Jackson
Terrence McNally
Edward Norton
Mary-Louise Parker
Eli Wallach

Thank you for supporting the T. Schreiber Studio,
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®,
and our outstanding artists.

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