The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) will honor award-winning director, producer, and actor Kenny Leon with its second annual Craig Zadan Theatre for Life Award on January 28 at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Leon will be recognized during the foundation’s virtual gala, which will feature performances from film, theatre and television professionals alongside current high school students. The star-studded event, which is free and open to all, will raise critical funds for theatre programs in underserved schools across the country through an evening of performances, tributes and stories. During the evening’s program, The Shubert Organization will receive the foundation’s annual Standing Ovation Award. Additional presenters and performers will be announced at a later date.
Co-chaired by Broadway and television producer Robert Greenblatt and film and television producer Neil Meron, Theatre Alive! will be livestreamed on Playbill.com, Broadway on Demand, and iHeartRadio Broadway. The event, normally held in-person, is being opened for all theatre lovers to attend and enjoy. The inspiring program will support two critical ETF programs: Thespian Relief Grants to Save School Theatre, which assist theatre programs financially struggling from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new Pathway program to address racial disparity in theatre.
Performers and presenters for Theatre Alive! will be announced at a later date. Those interested in attending the livestream should register online to receive updates and the watch link. More information about sponsorship and patron support for Theatre Alive! can be found here.