The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced here on Wednesday this year's recipients of Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater, which will be presented at the annual Tony Eve Cocktail Party on June 9, just before the 2012 Tony Awards.
The honorees include Freddie Gershon, a longtime theatrical licensing executive who created a program of kids' versions of Broadway works; Artie Siccardi, a production supervisor who has overseen more than 200 Broadway shows; and TDF Open Doors, a program that introduces New York City public high school students to theater through mentorships with theater professionals.
"The Tony Eve Cocktail Party gives us the opportunity to not only celebrate the year's Tony nominees, but to also give our sincere thanks and appreciation to the everyday heroes in our community," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League.
Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theater Wing, added, "This year's recipients of the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater -- Feddie Gershon, Artie Siccardi and the TDF Open Doors Program -- have all made extraordinary contributions to our community and are true champions to be celebrated.
The 2012 Tony Awards, which will take place at the InterContinental Times Square Hotel, will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 10th on CBS, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theater Wing.
The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in the Theater, more commonly known as a Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theater.
The awards are presented by the American Theater Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are also given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award.