The Lifetime Achievement Award

Given on occasion.

Recent award recipients include:

Zoe Caldwell ZOE CALDWELL began her professional career at the age of nine playing Slightly Soiled in Peter Pan. Since then she has been a member of many of the great companies of the Western World. After establishing herself in her native Australia as a young actress, she was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon for three seasons, playing Bianca in the 1959 production of Othello, starring Paul Robeson; the indomitable Helena opposite Dame Edith Evans in All’s Well That Ends Well; and Cordelia to Charles Laughton’s Lear. In the years that followed she was invited to be a founding member of the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and she performed extensively at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, where, among numerous other roles, she played Cleopatra to Christopher Plummer’s Antony — the cornerstone of her career. From there it was on to New York, where she has spent the majority of her professional life. To her credit are four Tony Awards©, for Slapstick Tragedy, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Medea, and Master Class;  an OBIE; and a book, I Will Be Cleopatra, published by W.W. Norton.  In 2003, she doffed her bonnet to the Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and was made an honorary Doctor of Laws. She most recently appeared in the feature film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, directed by Stephen Daldry, and in the one-woman show Elective Affinities, written by David Adjmi.

JFJoan D. Firestone was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by playwright Marsha Norman on December 6, 2012.

Joan D. Firestone has worked to create new possibilities for artists in every discipline and to create a greater public awareness of the value of the arts in our culture throughout her professional career, moving comfortably between the private, not-for-profit and government sectors. An early member of The League of Professional Theatre Women, she has maintained an aggressive and vigilant stand on gender equity and universal arts education. During her tenure as Assistant Director of the New York State Council on the Arts under Kitty Carlisle Hart, she lobbied hard for statewide legislative funding for the arts and became familiar with and an advocate for the non-profit theater community


Firestone has maintained a role as independent theatre producer and events coordinator for which she credits founding League member Dorothy Olim, her first general manager. Before The Dawn, by Joseph Stein; Afterplay by Anne Meara; In Betweens and Shyster by Brian Goluboff; Cryptogram (Obie) by David Mamet; Origin of the Species (theatre and film) and Tabletop (Drama Desk) by Rob Ackerman and a video, Origins of Creativity: Playwrights are among the productions she served as Associate Producer.

A founding Board Member and former Board Chair of the Cherry Lane Theatre she remains an advocate of their extraordinary mission to nurture the careers of unproduced playwrights in NYC’s leading mentor project. She serves on the Board of the Dramatists Guild Fund to heighten the recognition of American playwrights. Firestone was appointed Executive Director of the pre-eminent storytelling organization, The Moth in 2010 where she enjoys a relationship with uniquely talented and committed colleagues and serves millions of enthusiastic audiences across the country and the globe with the art of storytelling in curated and directed true personal stories told live.

Firestone is a Graduate of Queens College, was a Master’s Candidate in Comparative Languages at the University of Kansas, at Lawrence, and holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

mccannElizabeth Ireland McCann was presented the LPTW Lifetime Acheivement Award by fellow producer Robyn Goodman on December 8, 2011.

Broadway productions include Driving Miss Daisy, HAIR, Equus, Passing Strange, Butley, Well, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat, Copenhagen, A View from the Bridge, Dracula, Elephant Man, Morning’s at Seven, Mass Appeal, Amadeus, Home, Piaf, Rose, Leader of the Pack, Stepping Out, Orpheus Descending. With Royal Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, All’s Well That Ends Well, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing, Good, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sherlock Homes and London Assurance. With James M. Nederlander: My Fat Friend, Otherwise Engaged, Habeas Corpus, The Dresser. Off-Broadway: Beckett/Albee, The Play About the Baby, Three Tall Women, The Lady and the Clarinet, Painting Churches and Pacific Overtures. West End: Three Tall Women, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, The Unexpected Manand The Three Sisters. A 2004 inductee into the Theatre Hall of Fame, Ms. McCann is the recipient of the Entrepreneurial Woman Award from the Women Business Owners of N.Y. (1981), the James J. and James Hoey Award for Interracial Justice (1981), a Special Drama League Award for co-producing The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway (1982), and the Dr. Louis M. Spadero Award from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business (1982). She is also the recipient of 8 Tony Awards. Ms. McCann holds a BA from Manhattanville College, an MA from Columbia University, a Doctor of Law Degree from Fordham University, and three honorary doctorates (Manhattanville College: PhD, 1983 and ArtsD, 1987 and Marymount College: LtD, 1993).

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