Awards & Prizes
The honors keep rolling in for Gordon Davidson, founder and artistic director of Los Angeles's Center Theatre Group. "No individual in the U.S. has worked with more playwrights, commissioned more new plays or championed more writers," declared the literary organization PEN/USA as it announced Davidson as its 2003 Award of Honor winner. Scarcely a month after he was scheduled to pocket the PEN prize, Davidson will accept this year's LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for career achievement in a Nov. 23 black-tie ceremony at Los Angeles's Orpheum Theatre. Deaf West Theatre artistic director Ed Waterstreet, recently represented in New York with Big River, will also be on hand to receive the organization's James A. Doolittle Award for outstanding theatre leadership.
Repertorio Espanol, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and Thalia Spanish Theatre were big winners at the fourth annual HOLA Awards in New York City--all three companies carried home prizes for outstanding dramatic production as well as kudos for acting and directing. Play-wright Nilo Cruz and actor Antonio Banderas were feted with special awards for their contributions to theatre in 2003, and actress Antonia Rey earned a lifetime achievement award.
Annette Miller, who played Golda Meir in Shakespeare & Company's production of Golda's Balcony, has been honored by the Boston Center for Jewish Heritage for her contribution to preserving Jewish cultural life through the arts. The organization handed Miller, who had already won a 2003 Elliot Norton Award for outstanding solo performance, its Zvi R. Cohen Leadership & Legacy Award in September.
A quartet of master designers were celebrated for multiple accomplishments in October at the Hewes Design Award luncheon at Sardi's in New York City. Prizes went to scenic designer John Lee Beatty, costume designers Jane Greenwood and Catherine Zuber, and lighting designer Brian MacDevitt. Avant-gardist Richard Foreman also earned a Hewes for noteworthy effects in his production Panic!
Praising the company as "a cultural gem," the National Governors Association has bestowed its distinguished service in the arts award on Goodspeed Musicals of East Haddam, Conn. …