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The Rosetta LeNoire Award

JACKIE TAYLOR NAMED RECIPIENT OF ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATIONS' 2010 ROSETTA LENOIRE AWARD

Jackie Taylor, Cheryl Lynne Bruce, and Luther Goins

Jackie Taylor, the Founder and Executive Director of Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater, has been named the recipient of Actors' Equity Association's (Equity) 2010 Rosetta LeNoire Award. The Award will be presented on May 3, 2010 as part of Equity's Central Regional Board Meeting at the Union's Chicago office.

The Rosetta LeNoire Award, established in 1988, recognizes outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human experience in American Theater. The Award is given to an individual, theater or producing organization with an exemplary record in the hiring or promotion of ethnic minorities, female actors and actors with disabilities through multi-racial and/or non-traditional casting.

Ms. Taylor's cultural contributions to the city of Chicago, and to the country at large are numerous and diverse. She began the Black Ensemble Theater more than 30 years ago with a $1,200 loan. The company has now grown into a million-dollar cultural organization that has earned national recognition. She has produced and directed more than fifty-five plays, several of which have toured the country. Ms Taylor is also an accomplished playwright and actress. She has penned more than 100 plays and she uses her plays to cross cultural barriers, help eradicate ignorance and racism and celebrate the human spirit. As an actress Ms. Taylor has numerous stage credits, including THE OTHER CINDERELLA, SWEET MAMA'S STRINGBEAN and her one woman show ALL ABOUT ME. Among her film credits are BARBERSHOP II, HOODLUM, TO SIR WITH LOVE II, and COOLEY HIGH. In addition to her plays, Ms. Taylor has written thousands of poems, two books and a screenplay.

Ms. Taylor has received numerous awards for her works, including Chicagoan of the Year for Women in the Arts in 2004, making the Top 10 list of Chicago's 100 Most Powerful Women and one of The People of the Year by Screen Magazine. In October, 2007 she received a special Jeff Award for her contributions to the theater.

In addition to her accomplishments, Ms. Taylor has taught in the Chicago Public Schools for more than 30 years and has worked on special projects with the Illinois Art Council and Urban Gateways. She is the President of the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago and the past Vice President of the Chicago League of Theaters.

 

Award pages:

Bayfield
Callaway
Derwent
Eisenberg
Jordan
LeNoire
Quinn
Robeson
Seff
Sturtevant
Arizona Theatre Service
ACCA
Diversity on Broadway


Established in 1988, the award was named in honor of the actress Rosetta LeNoire, who was also the first recipient, not only because of her body of work in the theatre - and her work with the then titled Actors' Equity Association's Ethnic Minorities Committee - but also for founding the AMAS Repertory Theatre Company


Nominations Due for 2011 Rosetta LeNoire Award


Recipients of the Rosetta LeNoire Award are:

Year Recipient
1989 Rosetta LeNoire
1990 Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis
1991 Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
1992 Joseph Papp & the New York Shakespeare Festival
1993 Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick
1994 Wynn Handman and The American Place Theatre
1995 Philip Rose
1996 Ellen Stewart, artistic director, La MaMa E.T.C.
1997 Walter J. Turnbull, Boys Choir of Harlem
1998 Sacramento Light Opera Association
1999 Dennis Zacek and Marcelle McVay, Victory Gardens Theatre
2000 Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston MA
2001 Sharon Jensen, The Non-Traditional Casting Project / Doug Mann, The Chicago Theatre Company
2002 Eric Krebs
2003 North Shore Music Theatre/Deaf West Theatre
2004 Kitty Lunn and Infinity Dance Theatre
2005 Woodie King, Jr.
2006 Mia Katigbak And National Asian-American Theatre Company
2007 Willie Boston
2008 Detroit Repertory Theatre
2009 Bethune Theatredanse
2010 Jackie Taylor
2011 Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
2012 Philadelphia's InterAct Theatre Company
2013 Christine Toy Johnson
2014 The San Francisco Mime Troupe
2015 Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
2016 E. Faye Butler
2017 Joseph Haj and the Guthrie Theater
Ten Thousand Things Theater

 
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