The League of Professional Theatre Women Presented Betty Corwin With a Special Lifetime Achievement Award at Sardis for her work as the founder of the theatre archives at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.
Estelle Parsons, Kathleen Chalfant,Paula Vogel, Daryl Roth, Linda Weiner, Patrick Hoffman, Philip Carrubba, James Morgan, Jamie deRoy, Carmen de Lavallade and many more joined in the celebration of Betty.
Corwin, founded and was the director of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archives (TOFT). It is thanks to Betty, that we have preserved visual records of live theatre performances, that will now never be forgotten. Since 1970, TOFT has produced video recordings of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions. Corwin received a 2001 TONY Award for founding TOFT and has spoken about the Archive to groups across the country and abroad.
The night produced by League memeber Pat Addiss who thanked Ludovica Villar-Hauser for all her help. Pat who is a producer on Desperate Measures brought up the fabulous Nick Wyman who introduced cast members Lauren Molina and Conor Ryan, who sang “Just For You” accompanied by composer David Friedman.
The lovely “It’s Good To Be Alive,” followed.
Introducing Betty was Paula Vogel who worked for Betty as her secretary, until Betty found out she was a playwright and raised her salary and position.
Letters were read from the Governor, Charlotte St. Martin and the Broadway League and Chita Rivera.
Then Betty got up and talked and for those of us who used that library, we fell in love with her courage and resilience. There was a time that the archive was my entertainment and my school. On November 19, Betty will be 97.
Betty was then given an award by Ludovica Villar-Hauser in a beautiful blue Tiffany’s box.
Kathleen Chalfant talked about what it meant to be filmed.
For 35 years, the LPTW has been committed to honoring women in the field and for fighting for gender parity in theatre. LPTW is funded and sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and with funds from the NYS Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.