But over time, she prevailed, and Ms. Krulwich, who now photographs more than 100 plays and musicals each year, is generally the only photographer not on a show’s payroll who is allowed to shoot productions.
Access continues to be a challenge. “One hundred percent of the time there is a question — whether I’ll get in, how much I can shoot, where I can shoot,” she said. “But it’s the rare play that doesn’t let me shoot something.”
Among the early milestones of Ms. Krulwich’s career: She photographed developmental work on the Broadway production of Tony Kushner’s masterwork, “Angels in America,” and she photographed Jonathan Larson, the writer and composer of “Rent,” hours before his unexpected death the night before the show’s first Off Broadway preview at New York Theater Workshop. A more recent memory: She shot the final dress rehearsal of “Hamilton,” just before the first preview for that show’s Off Broadway production at the Public Theater.
She said she looks for “emotion and energy” when composing a photograph.
“I think this is the best job in the world,” Ms. Krulwich said. “I’m surrounded by these amazing people, everybody I watch is at the top of their careers, and I’m inside while they’re thinking about how to make theater. I love it.”
This year’s Tony Awards ceremony, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will take place on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Nominees for the awards are to be announced on May 1.