The Broadway League has announced the recipients of the 2023 Broadway League Leadership Awards, which were presented February 21 at the League’s Biennial Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
League members who went above and beyond during the 18-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Broadway’s subsequent reopening were honored.
The inaugural League Leadership Award honorees include: Member of the Year Award winner Jeff Daniel, Distinguished Service Award winner Maggie Brohn, COVID Leadership Award winner Thomas Schumacher, and COVID Service Award winners Sue Frost, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Anthony LaTorella, Aaron Lustbader, David Stone, Seth Stuhl, and Gina Vernaci.
“Congratulations to our members receiving the inaugural League Leadership Awards, which will be given out annually. These awards are a testament to the ingenuity and commitment demonstrated by our remarkable members on behalf of our community of theatre. And this first year, we are recognizing those who have worked diligently to help ensure the safe and responsible reopening of Broadway both in New York and across North America,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, in a statement.
Martin added, “Broadway is big business—it contributes $14.7 billion to the New York economy and is responsible for the employment of nearly 97,000 New Yorkers, while Touring Broadway contributes $3.8 billion to local economies across the nation—and Broadway is an incredible community of dedicated individuals who come together to help make it possible to share this art form to worldwide audiences. We cannot thank our members enough for all their efforts in bringing back Broadway!”
The 18th Biennial Leadership Conference welcomed 220 League members from more than 40 markets around the U.S., Canada, and six different countries. Looking Forward: Collaborating in the Face of Change provided a space for industry leadership to share best practices and craft a strategic plan for the trade association to pursue in the years that follow.