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American Theatre Wing

The American Theatre Wing is a New York City–based organization "dedicated to supporting excellence and education in theatre", according to its mission statement. Known as the Stage Women's War Relief during World War I, it became a part of the World War II Allied Relief Fund under its current name; the ATW sponsors the Tony Awards in theatrical arts. Stage Women's War Relief was founded in 1917 to organize charitable giving in support of the war effort, its founders, led by playwright and director Rachel Crothers, included the actress and playwright Louise Closser Hale and actresses Dorothy Donnelly, Josephine Hull, Minnie Dupree, Elizabeth Tyree and Louise Drew. The organization established workrooms for sewing uniforms and other garments, set up clothing and food collection centers, sold Liberty Bonds, opened a canteen on Broadway for servicemen, it presented benefit performances to raise money, including some held in a temporary "Liberty Theater" built outside the New York Public Library.

In total, the group raised nearly $7,000,000 for the war effort. At the beginning of World War II in 1939, Crothers reestablished the Stage Women's War Relief as a branch of the British War Relief Society; the revived organization's members included Mary Antoinette "Toni" Perry, Helen Hayes, Lynn Fontaine, Tallulah Bankhead. They began organizing clothing donations for European refugees. In 1941, with the entry of the United States into the war, the organization was renamed The American Theatre Wing of the Allied War Relief and shifted its focus to the American war effort. Under the leadership of Perry and Crothers, the Wing opened the Stage Door Canteen to entertain American servicemen in New York; the first canteen was in the basement of the 44th Street Theatre, similar entertainment and dining venues were established in Los Angeles, Washington, D. C. Philadelphia, Cleveland and San Francisco, as well as abroad in London and Paris. In the US canteens, servicewomen were denied entry, although this was not the case in the European locations.

Lauren Bacall worked as a hostess in the New York Stage Door Canteen, recalled seeing Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine washing dishes and serving coffee there. The Andrews Sisters were frequent performers; the Stage Door Canteen made its way into national popular culture with a 1942 weekly radio show and a 1943 movie called Stage Door Canteen. After World War II, the Wing founded The Community Players to assist war veterans and their families on their return home. Co-chair of the Community Players was Katharine Cornell, active in the Stage Door Canteen. With the close of the war, the Wing concentrated on holding seminars about American theater, on funding numerous scholarship grants, it sponsored the First American Congress of Theatre in 1947, but it is best known in contemporary times for having created, in the same year, The American Theatre Wing's Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, or Tony Awards for short, which it still sponsors and which awards were themselves named for Perry, its co-founder and wartime chair, who had died in 1946.

The initial presentation of the Wing's Tony Awards program on radio and television was broadcast only locally in New York City. In 1967, it partnered with the League of American Theatres and Producers, now called The Broadway League, to present them on nationwide network television. From 1965 to 1998, Isabelle Stevenson was the President of the ATW. After retiring, she served as chairwoman of the board of directors until her death in 2003. A special non-competitive Tony Award, for humanitarian or charitable work, is named in her honor, is called The Isabelle Stevenson Award, it is Tony's equivalent to the Motion Picture Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Sondra Gilman succeeded Stevenson as chair and Doug Leeds served as president from 2004 to 2008; when they completed their four-year terms, Theodore S. Chapin assumed both roles from 2008 to 2012. In 2012, Tony Award–winning costume designer William Ivey Long became chair of the board until 2016 when current board chair, the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright David Henry Hwang, assumed his duties.

Angela Lansbury serves as honorary chairman and Heather A. Hitchens is President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing. Besides the Tonys, ATW operates an array of programs to support its goals, including: The long-running "Working in the Theatre" series of televised seminars with top practitioners in the field. SpringboardNYC, a college to career bootcamp for actors The Theatre Intern Network.

Dore and Totley railway station

Dore and Totley railway station is a small, one platform railway halt near the Sheffield suburbs of Dore and Totley in South Yorkshire, England 4 3⁄4 miles south of Sheffield. The station is served by the Northern service between Sheffield and Manchester, East Midlands Railway service from Liverpool to Norwich and the TransPennine Express service between Manchester and Cleethorpes, all three running via the Hope Valley Line; the station was opened by the Midland Railway, for passengers only, as Dore and Totley on 1 February 1872 on the two-year-old Midland Main Line extension from Chesterfield to Sheffield, was served by the local services on this line. The station was served by six or seven weekday trains and three on Sundays. In 1894 the station became the junction for the new Chinley line. Dore & Totley Station Junction was at the south end of the station and the signal box stood in the angle between the Chesterfield and Chinley lines. Between 1901 and 1902, the line between Sheffield station and Dore was widened.

The original southbound platform was converted to an island platform and a new platform for trains to Chesterfield built to the east. The line from Chesterfield was slewed into its present course to serve the new platforms. A new Dore and Totley Station Junction was made to the north of the station. On 9 October 1907, a Sheffield to Birmingham and Bristol express train ran foul of the points at the station. One of the locomotives overturned; the driver and the second man were thrown from the cab but survived, the passenger coaches stayed upright with no passengers injured. Dore and Totley became south Sheffield's only remaining station after the Beeching cuts in the 1960s saw Beauchief and Heeley stations all close; the station was closed to main line traffic and became an unstaffed halt in 1969. It was renamed Dore on 18 March 1971. Subsequently, the island and eastern platforms were demolished in the mid-1980s. Mainline services from the South therefore can no longer stop at the station and the Hope Valley Line now runs single-track through the station, with trains in both directions stopping at the one remaining platform.

The photograph is taken from the South and shows the remaining platform on the Hope Valley line and none on the main line. The single-track section through the station has become a significant bottleneck, as noted in Network Rail's Yorkshire and Humber Route Utilisation Strategy of 2009; the strategy included proposals to address the problem by re-doubling the track and building a second platform. South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has been lobbying for this problem to be addressed; the station site had been occupied by the Walk Mill. The name Dore and Totley was restored in April 2008 when the station received new Northern Rail branded running in boards. Plans to double the size of the station by 2014 have been delayed. An additional platform and new Disability Discrimination Act 1995-compliant footbridge are to be provided. Construction work began in December 2012 on a new 129-space car-park, completed in April 2013. Network Rail's Hope Valley Capacity Scheme includes plans to restore the second platform at Dore & Totley.

Plans include a new bridge with passenger lifts and a shelter on the single sided island platform for Manchester bound trains. This plan is spun out of the original Manchester Hub scheme, now renamed the Northern Hub, incorporating two freight passing loops to be constructed east of Bamford and at Dore South. Once completed an hourly stopping service is hoped to be provided, platforms should be long enough to accommodate 6 car trains, now running on TPE fast services; the Secretary of State at the Department for Transport approved the Capacity Scheme in February 2018 and Network Rail have indicated an intended start date late in 2020. That might allow completion by 2022, but trains are not expected to be able to operate any major new services before December timetable changes, later. In May 2019 a canopy was added to the old 1872 station building; the station has a self-service ticket machine available. The old station buildings are now in private commercial use as a restaurant. A small brick waiting shelter is provided at the northern end of the platform, along with passenger information displays, automatic announcements and timetable poster boards to offer train running information.

Step-free access is available from the car park to the platform. The station has an hourly Northern Trains stopping service in each direction on the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly, augmented by a number of peak-hour stops by faster trains on the South Trans-Pennine and Liverpool–Norwich routes. During the rest of the day those hourly TransPennine Express services and East Midlands Railway non-stopping trains pass through. Peter Fox; the Midland Line in Sheffield. Sheffield: Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-872524-16-8 Peter Harvey. Abbeydale and Millhouses. Stround: The Charlford Publishing Company Limited. ISBN 0-7524-0732-5 Ec

Penny Jamieson

Penelope Ann Bansall Jamieson is a retired Anglican bishop. She was the seventh Bishop of Dunedin in the Anglican Church of New Zealand from 1989 until her retirement in 2004. Jamieson was the second woman in the world to hold the position of bishop in the Anglican Communion and the first to be elected a diocesan bishop. Born in Chalfont St Giles, England in 1942, Jamieson attended Wycombe High School and studied linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, before moving to New Zealand, her husband's country of birth, she worked at the Wellington Inner City Mission while completing her doctoral thesis at Victoria University. In 1985 she became assistant curate of St James' Lower Hutt. After this she was vicar of Karori West with Makara in the Diocese of Wellington. In 1990 she was elected to head the Diocese of Dunedin, she was consecrated a bishop on 29 June 1990. She was challenged by the power-structures of a predominantly male institution and spoke publicly about the difficulties of being the world's first woman diocesan bishop.

At her retirement, after 14 years as Bishop of Dunedin, Jamieson expressed her regret that no other woman had been elected a bishop in New Zealand. She is married to Ian Jamieson. In the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours, Jamieson was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community. Crockfords ISBN 0-7151-8088-6 Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8 "Living at the Edge: sacrament and solidarity in leadership" Jamieson, P. A. B London, Mowbray 1997 ISBN 0-264-67439-1 Monumental Studies biography New Zealand Herald article New Zealand honours