News: LPTW Announces Inaugural Rachel Crothers Leadership Award and June 27th Leadership Luncheon

Donna Walker-Kuhne. Photo provided by Emily Owens PR
The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been leading the gender parity conversation and championing women in the professional theater for over 35 years, is pleased to bestow their inaugural Rachel Crothers Leadership Award to Donna Walker-Kuhne, founder and CEO of Walker Communications. The award will be presented at the LPTW Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 12-3 pm at Sardi’s Restaurant (234 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036).

The award is named for playwright and director Rachel Crothers, who led seven other professional theater women in organizing members of the theatrical community in supporting the American war effort in 1917, a time when women could not even vote. Crothers was a founder of The American Theater Wing and its Stage Door Canteen, and she one play per season produced on Broadway over a 30-year span. The Rachel Crothers Leadership Award is given to a theater woman who has distinguished herself in exemplary service and sacrifice for a common cause that improves society and the world. 

The winner of the inaugural Rachel Crothers Leadership Award, Donna Walker-Kuhne, is an award-winning arts marketing consultant who has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. She is the founder of Walker International Communications Group, a boutique marketing, press and audience development consulting agency that specializes in multicultural marketing, group sales, press, and promotional events. Walker-Kuhne says, "We’ve cultivated new generations of cultural ambassadors who now see the arts as a necessary element for their lives. Most important, our work has proven that the arts are a bridge for cultivating understanding, fostering dialogue, bridging divides and opening the door for people to share a transformative experience." She goes on to issue a call-to-action, "I ask that you please dialogue about the arts with someone outside of your circle of colleagues and friends, as a reminder of its potential to unite and empower us to resist division, tyranny or despair." 

Tickets to the LPTW Leadership Luncheon: 
Members $95
Non-Members $125.00
VIP tickets $175 (includes journal ad)
VIP table $1,700 (with a journal ad). In keeping with LPTW’s mission of providing opportunities and visibility for women-identified theater professionals, one seat at each VIP table will be reserved for an emerging leader who is lending her gifts and talents to assist in a cause or issue to benefit society and/or the world. 

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