In the span of two weeks in May, Theatre for a New Audience was honored with four prestigious awards for our work in theatre and arts education.√Ç¬† On May 5, the Theatre received the prestigious Lucille Lortel Award for √¢‚Ç¨≈ìOutstanding Revival√¢‚Ç¨¬ù for our production of Ohio State Murders, by Adrienne Kennedy.
Two weeks later, actor LisaGay Hamilton, who was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for √¢‚Ç¨≈ìOutstanding Performance,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù received a 2008 OBIE Award for her performance in Ohio State Murders.√Ç¬† At the same ceremony, Adrienne Kennedy was honored with an OBIE Lifetime Achievement Award.√Ç¬† LisaGay Hamilton accepted the distinguished honor on her behalf.
On May 12, the Mayor√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting (MOFTB) presented the Third Annual √¢‚Ç¨≈ìMade in NY√¢‚Ç¨¬ù Awards to five individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the City’s entertainment industry.√Ç¬† Theatre for a New Audience was honored during the ceremony, which took place at Gracie Mansion, alongside this year√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s other recipients: actor Jesse L. Martin, talk show host Rachael Ray, Robert Greenberg of R/GA, and Independent Feature Project Executive Director Michelle Byrd.√Ç¬† Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the awards to the recipients.√Ç¬† In his remarks, the Mayor cited the Theatre√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s outstanding service to the entertainment and educational communities, its strong relationship with the NYC Public Schools, and its plans to establish its first home in Downtown Brooklyn.√Ç¬† Of all the honorees, the Mayor stated, √¢‚Ç¨≈ìThey have made their mark on New York City, [and] their outstanding contributions…are to be commended.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
Cherise Booth, Saxon Palmer, and OBIE Award-Winner LisaGay Hamilton in Lortel Award-Winner Ohio State Murders.√Ç¬† Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
Rachael Ray, Jesse L. Martin, Robert Greenberg, Mayor Bloomberg, Michelle Byrd, Theatre for a New Audience Managing Director Dorothy Ryan, and MOFTB Commissioner Katherine Oliver.√Ç¬† Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office.