Reilly Hickey's love for theater started when her parents took her and her sisters to shows when they lived in New York.

But it wasn't until she was a senior at Dublin Scioto High School that Hickey -- through social media -- realized she could pursue a career in the administrative world of theater instead of acting or singing.

And Hickey is doing just that.

On June 10, Hickey, 21, won a Tony Award for her role as producer for the Broadway revival of "Once On This Island," the story of a peasant girl who journeys to reunite with the man she loves.

Hickey, who lives in Manhattan, recently graduated from Pace University in May with a bachelor's degree in business administration in arts and entertainment management.

Before graduating, she had an internship with Hunter Arnold, one of the lead producers for "Island." After the internship, she said, Arnold assembled a diverse group of individuals to work as producers to help raise funding for the show.

Hickey was part of a group of nine producers who each were responsible for raising $100,000 toward the show.

From about October through December, Hickey reached out to friends, friends of friends and mutual connections to raise the money by opening night.

"It was a lot of trial and error," she said.

In addition to securing funding for the Broadway show, Hickey was responsible for marketing for two non-human members of the cast: She and another producer created Instagram account @goatsonthisisland for the two goats in the show, which now has about 5,000 followers.

"It adds a layer of fun to the show," Hickey said, and helps people connect with the project.

Now that fundraising has concluded for "Island," Hickey said she has the opportunity to continue with the same group of producers to raise funds for a few other shows. She also is interviewing for a variety of administrative theater jobs.

Hickey said she learned about administrative roles in the world of theater when she discovered Broadway producer Jennifer Teper's Twitter account.

That happened when Hickey was a senior at Scioto, and she ended up working for Teper during college when she applied for an internship at Feinstein's/54 Below.

Hickey also interned with Kayla Greenspan, a producing associate with TBD Theatricals in New York.

During that time, Greenspan said, Hickey became involved in an underrepresented producing initiative they had started, resulting in her being a co-producer on "Island."

Because the show earned a Tony, Greenspan said, Hickey became the youngest producer to win a Tony Award.

"Reilly is incredibly hard-working, which is why I hired her twice," Greenspan said.

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