The Drama League Unites Artists and Audiences

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The Drama League
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Kenneth Wirth works as CEO of First Financial Resources Ltd., in Greenwich, Connecticut. Outside of his professional endeavors, Kenneth Wirth serves on the Board of Directors of The Drama League.

The Drama League, located in New York City, exists to bring together artists and audiences through artistic development and audience education to build a richer overall stage experience for all involved. The League develops artists’ abilities through several fellowship opportunities – among them the Fall Directing Fellowship, which allows four directors to immerse themselves in directorial opportunities available in New York City and throughout the region.
Mr Wirth in his second three year term as a member of the Board of Directors brought National Life Group to the Board as a sponsor for 100th Birthday of the Drama League.
Last Friday May 20th was the annual Drama League Awards Luncheon. The event was attended by more than 500 people as they handed out all the awards for the current season.
Mr Wirth, recently was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College in Purchase NY. He was awarded this degree with Honors.
Mr Wirth, a Producer of ” Turn Me Loose ” currently on Broadway is involved with two other plays headed for Broadway.

The Drama League’s 2016 Benefit Gala

The Drama League pic

The Drama League
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Kenneth Wirth is the CEO of First Financial Resources Ltd., a financial services company in Greenwich, Connecticut. Kenneth Wirth also sits on the Board of Directors of the Drama League, a private club for lovers of theater. The Drama League offers members discounts on Broadway and off-Broadway plays, invitations to special events, and voting privileges in its prestigious theater awards. It is also responsible for several theater-related programs, classes, and workshops.

The Drama League, which turns 100 in 2016, holds a benefit gala each year in New York City. This year’s exclusive, black-tie event will take place on November 7, 2016, at the Plaza. The 2016 benefit gala theme is “Our Next Century,” and the evening will feature a silent auction, a cocktail reception followed by an elegant three-course meal, and a musical tribute by prominent performers from Broadway, the West End, and Hollywood.

The annual benefit gala is held to support the Drama League’s Directors Project, an award-winning program with over 300 alumni, including Tony Award winners Sam Gold of Fun Home and Diane Paulus of Finding Neverland. The Directors Project, which was founded in 1984, is an educational initiative that seeks out promising young artists and helps launch their careers in professional theater. Directors involved with the project have been the recipients of honors including Tony, Emmy, Grammy, GLAAD, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards.
In addition the Drama League will hold its annual Awards Luncheon on May 20th 2016 at the Marriot Marquis in New York city. The nominations were announced on April 20th 2016 at Sardis. The voting has started and the excitement continues to the announcements on May 20th.

The Directors Project at The Drama League of New York City

An accomplished financial services professional, Kenneth Wirth serves as Chief Executive Officer of First Financial Resources, Ltd., in Greenwich, Connecticut. In addition to his work at First Financial, Kenneth Wirth maintains a position on the Board of Directors for The Drama League, a New York-based nonprofit that works to foster the continuity of professional theater through a variety of programs and events.

Since its founding in 1916, The Drama League has operated several development programs for actors, writers, directors, and other theater professionals. One of the organization’s main educational programs is the Directors Project, which provides training to early and mid-career theater directors from across the country.

In addition to enhancing participants’ knowledge and skills, the Directors Project introduces promising directors to leading theater artists and provides them with the opportunity to present their work in a professional environment. Over the years, the project has assisted a number of directors who have gone on to receive very distinguished awards, including the Tony, Emmy, Peabody, and Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Kenneth Wirth – The Drama League

Kenneth Wirth, with 40 years’ experience in the financial industry, serves as the chief executive officer of First Financial Resources, Ltd. Apart from his professional obligations, Kenneth Wirth takes delight in the theater and playing a behind-the-scenes role in plays such as Peter and the Starcatchers. His achievements as a producer and promoter earned him a seat on the board of the Drama League.Mr Wirth is the Business Manager for The Midtown Men, four members of the original Tony Award winning cast of Jersey Boys. Christian Hoff Michael Longoria Daniel Reichard and J Robert Spencer are in their forth year of touring the continent with their sold out shows.

Based out of New York, the Drama League promotes the theater and encourages audience interaction with playwrights and other creative persons. Every year, it hosts over 100 classes, panels, forums, and other events. Moreover, the Drama League supports future generations of artists by providing them with residencies and fellowships.

One of its most notable endeavors, the Drama League Artist Residency Program, allows theater directors and their colleagues to create new plays and musicals under the guidance of a production mentor. Those in the genesis stage of their works’ development can opt for the Short-Term Developmental Residency for Early-Stage Projects. Winners receive between 5 and 20 hours in a rehearsal space and a stipend of up to $500. Mid-stage projects in a dramaturgy phase can apply for a workshop residency and receive up to 40 hours in a rehearsal space and a stipend of up to $1,000. Finally, the Creative Residency for Advanced Projects supports plays nearing completion with up to 100 hours in a rehearsal space and a stipend of up to $4,000. Log onto http://www.dramaleague.org to apply to this or other programs.