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2013 Sackler Center First Awards honoring Julie Taymor
Participant Julie Taymor

The Sackler Center First Awards is an annual event honoring extraordinary women who are first in their fields. Presented by Elizabeth Sackler and Gloria Steinem, the award is designed by Judy Chicago. The 2013 Sackler Center First Awards was presented to Julie Taymor, who became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her production of The Lion King (1998). The musical has gone on to become Broadway's all-time highest-grossing show and the fifth-longest-running show in Broadway history. Taymor's 1996 Broadway debut, Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, earned five Tony nominations. Other theater credits include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Green Bird, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, The Transposed Heads, and Liberty's Taken. Taymor's feature films include Titus; the biographical film Frida, which earned six Academy Award nominations, winning two; the Beatles-inspired Across the Universe, nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy; and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Beyond the theater and screen, Taymor has directed five operas internationally. Taymor is a 1991 recipient of the MacArthur "genius" Fellowship.