This foundation was established in 2004 to bring excellent theatre to New York. The chosen productions will be new work, not previously seen in New York.
Our mission is to support artists in their desire to be seen and produced. We provide this support with no financial or commercial involvement in their success. All of our winners have subsequently been seen around the world – see “Winners”.
The first project of the Foundation is the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, presented annually to the finest theatre piece at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the largest arts festival in the world. The Foundation sponsors the winning productions for a run in New York, all expenses paid. In New York, the presentation of the award winning works is known as “Best of Edinburgh”.
The Officers of the Foundation are:
Carol Tambor, Chairman, is a New York based portrait painter and passionate theatregoer. Her intense interest in the dramatic arts has been formed by years of theatre in New York, London, Dublin and, of course, Edinburgh. To see her paintings or for more information about Ms. Tambor’s art, please click here.
Lisa Wigdor, President/secretary, has long supported and run many non-profit organizations, both in the arts and education. She also had a career in fashion publishing prior to raising her children.
Paul Wigdor, Treasurer, is an independent investor in finance and real estate. He practiced law before becoming involved in investments as well as non-profit activities.
The distinguished Panel of Advisors include:
- Val Day, Artistic Director of 59e59 Theatre, New York
- David Doyle, International Producer and Lighting Designer
- Mark Fisher, Fringe First judge, freelance journalist, writer on arts and travel
- Lyn Gardner, Theatre Critic and for The Stage and Stagedoor
- Liz King, Producer, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
- David Luff, Producer; Soho Theatre, Artistic Director
- Jackie McGlone, Fringe First judge, freelance journalist and writer
- Joyce McMillan, Fringe First judge, Scotsman arts and political journalist
- Fiona Shepherd, Fringe First judge, Scotsman music critic