TV and Broadway star Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaii Five-O” on CBS, currently starring on Broadway as the King of Siam in The King & I thru 6/26) and Broadway actress Andréa Burns (currently appearing in On Your Feet!) will receive Beacon Awards on Monday, June 20, 2016 at The JW Marriott Essex House (160 Central Park South) at Inside Broadway’s annual benefit. Hosted by FOX5 reporter Baruch Shemtov, the Beacon Awards will also feature a performance from the cast of On Your Feet!.
The first Broadway Beacon Award was given to Carol Channing in 1995. The Broadway Beacon Award is presented to individuals in the theatre & Times Square community who have been advocates for increasing audiences for live theatre and understanding the importance of Arts and Education in the lives of New York City’s young people.
The evening, which begins at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception, with the awards presentation and special live performances at 7pm, will also honor Richard Fitzgerald, CEO of Sound Associates, Inc. and Scott Nadeau, General Manager of the New York Marriott Marquis. Students from Inside Broadway’s school program at IS 278 in Brooklyn will also be performing.
Funding raised from the Beacon Awards benefit directly supports Inside Broadway’s theatre education programs to support our mission of bringing the joys and advantages of live theatre to NYC’s under-served public school students throughout the five boroughs. Since 1982, Inside Broadway (Founder/Executive Director, Michael Presser) has impacted the lives of nearly one million New York City public school students with its one-of-a-kind theatre arts and education programs that enrich educate and foster new generations of theatergoers. Today, Inside Broadway reaches over 20,000 New York City students each year and develops and produces touring equity musical productions as well as a wide range of educational programs that allow participants to interact with professionals in the field and experience theatre hands-on in the classroom. For more information on Inside Broadway, please visit www.InsideBroadway.org
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.