Theatreworks/USA, founded in 1961, is America's foremost professional theatre for young and family audiences. Its goal is to create imaginative and sophisticated shows that are educational, entertaining and thought-provoking. In 1996 Theatreworks was recognized by New York's theatre community with the prestigious Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards for 35 years of providing quality entertainment to children. Originating with Young Abe Lincoln, Theatreworks now has a body of work encompassing more than 90 plays and musicals created by both noted as well as fledgling playwrights, composers, and lyricists. Writers include Ossie Davis, Mary Rodgers, Saul Levitt, Charles Strouse, Alice Childress, Joe Raposo, the teams of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and Art Perlman and Jeffery Lunden. Theatreworks has also helped launch the careers of actors such as Henry Winkler, Judy Huhn, 1996 Tony Award nominee, Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), and Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, as well as four-time Tony Award winning director, Jerry Zaks. Performing at home in New York, and touring across the country to theatres, arts centers and schools, Theatreworks has performed for approximately 54 million people in 49 states, with an annual audience of more than four million.