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By Minh Nguyen

Playwright David Henry Hwang has been named the chair of the American Theatre Wing, succeeding current Chair William Ivey Long. The Tony Award-winner, whose works include “M. Butterfly,” “Chinglish,” and “Yellow Face,” promises to make diversity a priority in his role. “I want to ensure that the American theatre becomes as diverse and inclusive as America itself – onstage, behind the scenes, and in the audience,” Hwang told NBC News.

Playwright David Henry Hwang attends the 61st Annual Obie AwardsMike Pont / Getty Images

This diversity will also extend to geography, as Hwang looks to “continue the Wing’s work supporting excellence across the broad range of American theatre: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and around the country.”

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In addition to Hwang’s election, new appointments have been made to the American Theater Wing’s advisory committee, including “Elementary” star Lucy Liu, “Les Miserables” star Patti LuPone, and Alia Jones-Harvey, the only woman of color who is currently a lead producer on Broadway.

The American Theater Wing is a non-profit theater development organization that founded and produces the Tony Awards.

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