Fort Worth — Actors, directors, producers, and theatre patrons will walk the red carpet the evening of Monday, April 23 as the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County (a nonprofit association) recognizes and celebrates a broad spectrum of notable theatre work.
The awards program, now in its 25nd 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 pm at 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 three live musical performances, the program will include presentation of 11 county-wide awards and the 12 member theatres recognizing supporters who have made significant contributions to their individual theatres.
The major awards and winners are:
● Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award: Joel Ferrell
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: Gail Granek
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: The Scott Foundation
● Theatre Arts Advocate: The Betty Lynn Buckley Awards
● Theatre Arts Educator: Anna Carlson
● Design and Technical Award: Michael Skinner
● Rudy Eastman Diversity Award: Denise Lee
This award is named in honor of the late Rudy Eastman, founder and artistic director of Jubilee Theatre.
● Bill Garber Young Theatre Artist Awards: Linsey Retcofsky, Jacob Rivera-Sanchez, Jeff Stanfield
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.
● Spotlight Award (special this year): Shelby-Allison Hibbs
Individual Theatre Outstanding Service Awards go to:
● Amphibian Stage Productions: Nancy Strickland
● Artisan Center Theater: Thurston Wells
● Arts Fifth Avenue: Andrea Harkins, Dorothea L Leonhardt Foundation
● Casa Mañana: Noah Putterman
● Circle Theatre: Roger Drummond
● Hip Pocket Theatre: Lauren Moreau
● Jubilee Theatre: vickie washington
● Kids Who Care: Tony and Brandi Sanchez, Gwen Perez, Dawn Gardner
● Stage West: Julie Crawford
● Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre: Alex Krus
● Theatre Arlington: Father Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
● Trinity Shakespeare Festival: Sue Anne Cameron
The mission of the LTL is to insure the future of live theatre as a cultural asset to the community through promotional, collaborative, and educational endeavors.
For more information: Lisa Dalton, President, 818-761-5404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.