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The Rosetta LeNoire Award

Philadelphia's InterAct Theatre Company Receives AEA's Rosetta LeNoire Award

Interact's Seth Rozin to Accept Award At AEA Member Meeting Friday, April 13


Seth Rozin

InterAct Theatre Company, an Actors' Equity Small Professional Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, has been named the recipient of AEA's prestigious 2012 Rosetta LeNoire Award. The Award will be presented to InterAct's Founding/Producing Director Seth Rozin at Association's Eastern Regional Membership meeting on Friday April 13, 2013 in New York City.

Nominations Due for 2013 Rosetta LeNoire Award
For an electronic Rosetta LeNoire Award submission form, click here...

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. 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, an organization dedicated to maintaining an "interracial company" of actors.

Founded in 1988, InterAct's mission is to educate, as well as entertain its audiences, by producing world-class, thought-provoking productions, and by using theatre as a tool to foster positive social change in the school, the workplace and the community. The theatre is known for producing plays that explore issues of social, cultural and political relevance, dramatizing complex and often controversial issues with artistic integrity and fairness.

Under the helm of Founder/Producing Director Seth Rozin, InterAct has presented 78 mainstage productions, including 32 world premieres, two US premieres and over 30 regional premieres since its inception. The company has received 52 Barrymore Award nominations and 18 Awards, including the Brown Martin Philadelphia Award, and the Ted and Stevie Wolf Award for New Approaches to Collaboration. InterAct's productions have provided work for over 500 local artists.

InterAct also has a highly-acclaimed outreach program, that uses the interactive power of live performance and dramatic role-playing, to cultivate tolerance and understanding, promote cultural diversity, and improve the human relations in its community in local classrooms and the community.


MICROCRISIS by Mike Lew, featuring Bi Jean Ngo, Dave Johnson, Kevin Bergen and Maia Desanti



THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY by Kristoffer Diaz, featuring Juan Pacheco and Shalin Agarwal



BLACK PEARL SINGS! by Frank Higgins, featuring C. Kelly Wright and Catharine Slusar



LIDLESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, featuring Paul Nicholas, Gamze Ceylan and Kittson O'Neill


All photos by Seth Rozin

 

Award pages:

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


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





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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