The Tony Awards Committee has announced that the Dallas Theater Center will be awarded this year’s 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award.

DTC was founded in 1959, and currently performs to an audience of more than 100,000 Texan residents annually, been noted for its engaging use of staging and producing original work from local talent, in addition to its resident acting company.

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin and American Theatre Wing President Heather Hitchens praised the Dallas Theater Center when announcing their selection, saying:

“DTC is one of the oldest regional theatres in the countryThey truly embody the importance of bringing live theatre to audiences and educational programs to schools and youth throughout the community.  Arts education is one of the most vital programs we can offer today’s youth, and as it continues to be threatened, theatres around the country are stepping in to fill the voids that the cuts have created.  We are proud of the community of theatre, and DTC, that are stepping in to provide this vital form of education.”

The 71st Annual Tony Awards will take place Sunday June 11th, hosted by Kevin Spacey.