WASHINGTON— March 19, 2012-- The Washington Post is pleased to announce Jane Lang and Paul Sprenger of the Atlas Performing Arts Center as the 2012 recipients of The Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community. The Washington Post Award, part of the annual Helen Hayes Awards celebration since 1986, will be presented at the 28th Helen Hayes Awards ceremonies on April 23 at the Warner Theatre.
Lang, Founder and Chair of the Board, and Sprenger, co-founder and Trustee, spearheaded the funding and development of the Atlas which reopened in 2006 as a 60,000 square foot arts center with four performance spaces and three dance studios in the historic H Street Northeast corridor. The center is also home to a diverse group of locally renowned arts organizations and presents performances in music, dance, theatre and film. Together, Lang and Sprenger chaired the $24 million capital campaign that helped finance the building’s acquisition and complete renovation and worked to generate support for the project in large part by connecting with the residents and businesses located in the H Street Corridor. The re-opening of the Atlas has been credited with sparking and sustaining the economic revitalization that is occurring on H Street, NE. As trustees of the Sprenger Lang Foundation, their continued support and generosity helped the Atlas become the cultural anchor of the neighborhood and its namesake: The Atlas District.