The League of Professional Theatre Women’s annual Theatre Women Awards were inspiring. Hosted by actor, writer, and performance artist Florencia Lozano,, the awards were presented by Jocelyn Bioh (Phylicia Rashad, Lifetime Achievement Award), Ceila Keenan-Bolger (Adrienne Campbell-Holt, LPTW Lucille Lortel Award), Roma Torre (Linda Winer, LPTW Special Award), Karen Kandel (Emily Joy Weiner, Josephine Abady Award), Marshall Jones III and Wayne Maugans (Rohina Malik, Lee Reynolds Award), and Shelley Butler (Cricket S. Myers, Ruth Morley Award).
“We are the only award dedicated to honoring the theatrical work of women and their contributions to the field, across all disciplines,” said LPTW co-president Kelli Lynn Harrison.
“The League of Professional Theatre Women may sound like a league of superheroes, a veritable collection of wonder women, and in a way we are!” said Ludovica Villar-Hauser, vice president of programming at LPTW.
We found the whole event so well produced and put together that we have created several moments of the inspired speeches. The first award was presented to Rohina Malik is an award-winning and critically acclaimed playwright, actress, speaker, story teller and solo performance artist of South Asian descent. Her play Unveiled: A One Woman Play talks about racism, hate crimes, love, Islam, culture, language and life. Her speech was prolific and we hope you enjoy this. “There were a lot of voices that would say to me, you can’t because your skin is brown, you can’t because you’re a woman, you can’t because you’re Muslim, and you can’t because you cover your hair. I’m excited to tell you that I proved all those people wrong,” stated the writer and performer of The Mecca Tales, and Yasmina’s Necklace.