Legendary actress Rosemary Harris, who began her stage career 73 years ago in 1948, was bestowed with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in June 2019. A nine-time Tony nominee and Tony Award winner for Best Actress for her performance in The Lion in Winter (1965), she most recently starred on Broadway at the age of 91 as Mrs. Higgins in Lincoln Center Theater’s award-winning production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady (2018). Her other 25 Broadway credits include Tony nominations for The Royal Family (2009), Waiting in the Wings (1999), the LCT production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance (1996), Hay Fever (1985), Pack of Lies (1984), Heartbreak House (1983), and Old Times (1972). She won the Theatre World Award for The Climate of Eden (1952) and was a founding member in Ellis Rabb’s APA-Phoenix Company (1960-67). Her London theater credits include Dame Laurentia McLachlan with John Gielgud in his farewell theatre performance in The Best of Friends (1988), All My Sons (1982), Desdemona opposite Richard Burton in Othello (1956, Old Vic), and at The Royal National Theatre, Ophelia with Peter O’Toole in Hamlet (1964), and Yelena with Laurence Olivier in his celebrated production of Uncle Vanya (1964). Off-Broadway: All Over (Obie Award, 2003). Films include Aunt May in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and Tom and Viv (Oscar nomination). TV: An Emmy Award winner for “Notorious Woman,” and a Golden Globe Award winner for “Holocaust.”
Ali Stroker won the 2019 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as ‘Ado Annie’ in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! She made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway in Deaf West’s acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. Most recently, Ali starred in Lifetime’s holiday film, CHRISTMAS EVER AFTER. She has also guest-starred on FOX’s GLEE, ABC’s TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, Freeform’s THE BOLD TYPE, CW’s CHARMED, CBS’ INSTINCT, and Comedy Central’s DRUNK HISTORY.
Across two decades Idris Goodwin has forged a multi-faceted career as an award-winning playwright, Break Beat poet, director, educator, and organizer.
Idris is the newly appointed Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, where he formerly taught in the department of Theatre and Dance and was voted Teacher of the Year in 2015.
His critically acclaimed plays like And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On, and Hype Man: A Break Beat Play are widely produced across the country at professional theatres, college campuses, and non-traditional spaces alike. He’s been honored to receive developmental support from institutions like The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O’Neill Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, and The Playwrights’ Center.
In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co written with Nico Wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins, and the play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. He’s appeared on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel.
Passionate about cultivating new audiences in the arts, Goodwin served two seasons as Producing Artistic Director at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. He actively serves on both the advisory boards of Theatre for Young Audiences USA and Children’s Theatre Foundation Association.
A catalyst for culture, Goodwin uses his full creative powers to galvanize people to the community square. He is a creative voice for change, impassioned by art for social good.