Stagedoor Manor wins Theatre Museum Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
S T A G E D O O R M A N O R
TO BE HONORED WITH
2012 THEATRE MUSEUM AWARD FOR
EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE ARTS EDUCATION
AWARDS CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE ON
THE EVENING OF MONDAY, APRIL 30
AT THE PLAYERS CLUB
STAGEDOOR MANOR ALUM
TO DIRECT ONSTAGE PRESENTATION
New York, NY (February 1, 2012) – Stagedoor Manor, the country’s premiere summertime training ground for young performers, will be honored with the 2012 Theatre Museum Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education, it was announced today. The award will be presented at a gala ceremony, taking place the evening on Monday, April 30 at The Player’s Club (16 Gramercy Park South). The evening's program will be directed by Stagedoor Manor alum, writer and director Gordon Greenberg (Working, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris). Broadway conductor Kimberly Grigsby (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, Spring Awakening), previous Stagedoor Manor staff member and Visiting Artist, will musically direct.
Past recipients of the prestigious honor, which is given each year to an organization that exhibits consistent excellence in theatre arts education, have included The American Theater Wing, the Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts, the Theater Development Fund Education Program, and New York University.
It was also announced that this year’s Career Achievement Award will be given to Frederick O. Olsson, the Theatre History Preservation Award will be given to Don B. Wilmeth, Emeritus Professor of Theatre and of English at Brown University, and the Award for Distinguished Service to the Theatre will be given to The Theatre Communications Group. For additional information, please visit www.thetheatremuseum.org.
Tickets for the Reception and Buffet Dinner, Presentation and journal opportunities are available through The Theatre Museum website, by calling the office (212 764 4112), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Stagedoor Manor: Since 1976, Stagedoor Manor has been an oasis of discovery and unconditional acceptance for passionate young performers seeking a community where dreams are understood and shared. For many, this summer camp in the Catskill Mountains was the first place they truly felt at home and immediately became immersed in a potent and magical environment called “Theater.” Today, with eight theaters and many famous alumni to sing their praises, the program that Carl and Elsie Samuelson created almost 40 years ago is still a family business. Under the leadership of Cindy Samuelson, in partnership with sister Debra, Stagedoor Manor still follows their original visions. Being committed to all levels of talent and experience, students are admitted without auditions on a first come basis. Mounting 40 full-scale productions in 9 weeks; with material often cutting edge and deemed mature for children and teens, casts and classes are kept small. Indeed, the program expands almost yearly with new theaters and classrooms, fresh material right off the Broadway stage, and a constant flow of leading professionals from the industry stepping in to share their experience and passion; but the basic number of students (280 each session) remains the same. Performance, education, and community are considered of equal value; process, rather than product, the Stagedoor mantra. Last year, Stagedoor Manor was host to young actors from 27 countries and 46 states.
About The Theatre Museum: Founded in 2003, The Theatre Museum is New York’s first and only chartered, non-profit museum dedicated to the history of theatre. Currently it is a museum-at-large — presenting exhibition’s on a myriad of subjects in collaboration with other cultural institutions. The Museum's community outreach includes teaching children how to write, direct and stage live theatre, as well as the presentation of the annual Theatre Museum Awards for Excellence at its annual Gala. Its primary mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the legacy of theatre through innovative programming. The Theatre Museum grows out of the legacy of The Broadway Theatre Institute.
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