T2 - National Theatre Company Award

  • NWA's Regional Theatre honored by American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, among nation's ten most promising emerging theatres
  • $10,000 Award Presentation Scheduled for October 24, 2011 in New York

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—September 30, 2011The American Theatre Wing (ATW), founder of the Tony Awards, today announced that TheatreSquared (T2), Northwest Arkansas’s regional theatre, will be honored with its 2011 National Theatre Company Grant as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging professional theatres.  The $10,000 award will be presented at a ceremony in New York City at 12:30 on Monday, October 24, 2011. In a congratulatory statement, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe said, "As Northwest Arkansas’s regional theatre company, T2 is well-known for its intimate setting that allows its patrons to enjoy dramas that define American theater. This well-deserved honor is a tribute to [TheatreSquared’s] success."

"This award comes at an auspicious time for the arts in Northwest Arkansas,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “With the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art less than two months away, a resurgent symphony in its debut season, and an expanded Walton Arts Center planned, there's a sense of exponential growth for the arts in our region—an explosion really—and it feels great to be part of it."

"We are grateful to the American Theatre Wing for the recognition," said T2 Managing Director Martin Miller, "and to arts patrons throughout Northwest Arkansas for driving this creative movement forward."

Best known for creating The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards®, the American Theatre Wing's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York, with educational and media work that offers the best in theatre to people around the world. Dedicated to celebrating excellence and supporting education in the theatre, ATW has been an integral and influential part of the theatrical community for the better part of seven decades.

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’s regional theatre, producing professional work that is challenging and heartfelt, intimate and entertaining.  More than 10,000 patrons attend the theatre’s 95 annual performances in the 180-seat Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.  In addition to its theatrical season, the theatre’s educational outreach programs serve 5,000 students and teachers throughout the region. For tickets and more information, visit theatre2.org.


Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 6 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc., the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, the Happy Hollow Fund at Fayetteville Community Foundation, and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 6 is provided by the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission. Media sponsors include NWA Media, CitiScapes, KUAF and Mailco USA.

Martin Miller