Live Theatre League Holds Awards

The Live Theatre League of Tarrant County will honor actress Deborah Brown with Lifetime Achievement, and dole out other awards on April 14.

published Thursday, April 10, 2014

Photo: Leah Layman
Deborah Brown, left, with Jennifer Engler in Miracle on South Division Street at Circle Theatre in 2013

Fort WorthThe Live Theatre League of Tarrant County is having its annual awards ceremony on Monday, April 14, to recognize and celerate theater work in the past year. The ceremony is 5:45 p.m. at the Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, with the reception starting at 5 p.m. The award for lifetime achievement goes to actress Deborah Brown, who has performed at Casa Mañana, Circle Theatre, Dallas Children's Theater and many other theaters around North Texas.


Here's more about the awards and the recipients from the LTL news release:


Fort Worth, Texas (April 9, 2014) – Actors, directors, producers and theatre patrons will all walk the red carpet the evening of Monday, April 14th as the  (a not for profit organization) recognizes and celebrates a broad spectrum of notable theatre work done in the past year.

The awards program, now in its 21st year, honors individuals and organizations that have helped produce or promote live theatre in the community, whether they be on the stage or behind the scenes, paid or volunteer. The event is free and open to the public, beginning with a reception (and photo opportunities) at 5:00 p.m. outside the entrance of the Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (1300 Gendy St.). The curtain will go up for the awards ceremony promptly at 5:45, inside the Scott Theatre, home to decades of memorable theatrical performances.  Featuring two live musical performances, the program will include presentation of eight county-wide awards, and 16 theatres will recognize supporters who have made significant contributions to their individual theatres.


The major awards and winners include:

Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award: Debbie Brown
This award is named in honor of the late journalist/author Elston Brooks, best known as a columnist and theatre critic for the Star-Telegram and an inspiring arts advocate.

Ann L. Rhodes Philanthropic Individual Award: Rebecca Low and Jeanne Swanson
This award is named in recognition of the generous support of area live theatres by the late Ann L. Rhodes, whose charitable trust continues to spread her philanthropy.

Philanthropic Organization: Texas Commission on the Arts

Theatre Arts Advocate: Jody Ulich, Arts Council of Fort Worth

Theatre Arts Educator of the Year: Anne Healy, University of Texas at Arlington

Design and Technical Professional Award: Brian Clinnin, Trinity Shakespeare Festival

Rudy Eastman Diversity Award: Adam Adolfo, Artistic Director, Artes de la Rosa  
This award is named in honor of the late Rudy Eastman, founder and artistic director of Jubilee Theatre.

Bill Garber Young Theatre Artist Award: Jordan E. Cooper 
This award honors Bill Garber, mentor of the founders of many local theatres during his tenure (1955-93) as a charter member of Fort Worth Community Theatre.

Individual Theatre Outstanding Service Awards go to:


Amphibian Stage Productions: Jeff Davis

Artes de la Rosa: Steve DeLeon 

Artisan Center Theater:. Larry and Ellen Dibler

Casa Mañana: Karen Denney

Circle Theatre: Kyle Montgomery

Creative Arts Theatre & School: Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Theta Omega Chapter

DVA Productions, Inc.: Sheridan Keyton

Hip Pocket Theatre: Dr. Robert Bourdage

Jubilee Theatre: Susi and Mike Bickley

Kids Who Care: The O’Toole Family, Mike, Shelly, Taylor & Brandon

ONSTAGE in Bedford: James Scroggins

Pantagleize Theatre Company: Decee Cornish

Runway Theatre: Byron Holder

Stage West: Jerry Russell (posthumously)

Theatre Arlington: Robin Dotson

Trinity Shakespeare Festival: Brian Clinnin

The mission of the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County, Texas is to ensure the future of live theatre as a cultural asset to the community through promotional, collaborative and educational endeavors. Thanks For Reading

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