Fort Worth actor David Coffee will be given the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County's Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, April 30, in the group's annual awards ceremony.
Coffee is known for many roles around town, including at Casa Mañana, Trinity Shakespeare Festival and in Dallas Theater Center's 2011 production of Cabaret. Here's our 2011 interview with him when he played Edna Turnblad in Casa's production of Hairspray.
The awards are 5:45-7 p.m. in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Scott Theatre, and begin with a reception at 5 p.m. Other recipients include educator Connie Whitt Lambert, set designer Bob Lavallee and Dallas-based director René Moreno. The event is free and open to the public.
The Live Theatre League is a collective of the professional and community theaters in Tarrant County.
The major awards and winners include:
- Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award: David Coffee
- Ann L. Rhodes Philanthropic Individual Award: Rosalyn G. Rosenthal
- Philanthropic Organization: Coors Distributing Co. of Fort Worth
- Theatre Arts Advocate: Donald Terrell and Michael Toole
- Theatre Arts Educator of the Year: Connie Whitt Lambert
- Design and Technical Professional Award: Bob Lavallee
- Rudy Eastman Diversity Award: René Moreno
- Bill Garber Young Theatre Artist Award: (Dual winners) Angelina Vyushkova and Parker Fitzgerald
Individual theatre awards go to:
- Amphibian Stage Productions: Christina Jett-Meyer & Peter Kowalski
- Artisan Center Theater: Marty Jacob
- Circle Theatre: Donald & Helen Matheson
- Creative Arts Theatre & School: Anna Millstead
- DVA Productions, Inc.: Jennifer Porter Kennard
- Hip Pocket Theatre: Allen Austin
- Jubilee Theatre: Melvylin Pace
- Kids Who Care: Karen Vermaire-Fox
- ONSTAGE in Bedford: Barbara Speares
- Pantagleize Theatre Company: Patricia Kuehn
- Runway Theatre: Misty Baptiste
- Stage West: Pamela Pierce
- Theatre Arlington: Kim Lawson
- Trinity Shakespeare Festival: Lindsay Cowdin