Stagedoor Manor, one of the country's premiere summertime training grounds for young performers, will be honored with the 2012 Theatre Museum Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education. The award will be presented at a gala ceremony to take place on Monday, April 30, 2012 at The Players 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 provide the musical direction.
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.
TCG to Receive Distinguished Service Award
The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) will also be honored with the Award for Distinguished Service to the Theatre. For 50 years, this national organization has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 13,000 individuals nationwide. TCG is North America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 11 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. TCG also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine, as well as ARTSEARCH®, the industry resource for a career in the arts.
In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, to cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and to promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.
Other Achievement Award Recipients
It was also recently announced that this year's Career Achievement Award will be given to Frederick O. Olsson, and that the Theatre History Preservation Award will be given to Don B. Wilmeth, Emeritus Professor of Theatre and of English at Brown University. For additional information or more details, please visit www.thetheatremuseum.org.
Tickets for the reception and buffet dinner, presentation and journal opportunities are still currently available through The Theatre Museum website, or by calling the office at (212) 764-4112).
About Stagedoor Manor
Since 1976, Stagedoor Manor has been an important center for discovery and unconditional acceptance for passionate young performers seeking a community where dreams are understood and shared. For many, the summer camp in the Catskill Mountains was the first place they truly felt at home and immediately became immersed in the potent and magical environment called "Theater."
Today, with eight theaters and many famous alumni to sing their praises, the program remains committed to all levels of talent and experience, and students are admitted without auditions on a first-come basis. Mounting an impressive forty full-scale productions in just nine weeks, and often with cutting-edge or more mature material for teens and young performers, casts and classes are kept small even as 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. However, the basic number of students (280 each session) remains the same. In 2011, Stagedoor Manor was host to young actors from 27 countries and 46 states.
Stagedoor Manor alumnae include such famous faces as Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Lea Michelle, Adam Pascal, and Zach Braff.
About The Theatre Museum
Founded in 2003, and growing from the enduring legacy of The Broadway Theatre Institute, The Theatre Museum is New York's first and only chartered, nonprofit museum dedicated to the history of theatre. Currently it is a "museum at large," presenting exhibitions on a variety 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.
Learn more about The Theatre Museum at its website.