The American Theatre Wing and Broadway League announced actor Judith Light the recipient of the honorary Isabelle Stevenson Award at the Tony Awards this year.
Those honored with this award are recognized for their humanitarian efforts.
Light will be presented with the Tony due to her work with LGBTI and HIV and AIDS activism.
‘The HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities are inspirations and demonstrations of how to be and live in the world; courageous, honorable, and uplifting,’ Light said of receiving the award.
‘They inspire me and it is my privilege to be of service to them. I am humbled by this recognition from my theater family, whom I so respect, honor, and love.’
Light, who has won Tony Awards for her performances in The Assembled Parties and Other Desert Cities, has long supported the LGBTI community.
In the 80s, she participated in the AIDS Memorial Quilty. Decades later, in 2002, she joined the 100-mile African AIDS Trek. She has also stayed active with organizations like Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS and GLAAD.
History of the award
This non-competitive honor was first awarded in 2009. It is named after the late president of the American Theatre Wing.
The award is given to ‘an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre’.
Phyllis Newman was the first recipient. Other recipients include David Hyde Pierce for his work with Alzheimer’s and Bernadette Peters for her work with Broadway Barks. Nick Scandalios received it last year, also for his work with the LGBTI community.
Light’s on-screen work includes Ugly Betty and Transparent, for which she received Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Critics Choice nominations. She also appeared in Ryan Murphy’s Assassination of Gianni Versace.
The 73rd annual Tony Awards will take place on 9 June, hosted by James Corden.