The Lee Reynolds Award

lee_reynolds_bwLee Reynolds served on the League of Professional Theatre Women’s
board of directors. She was an award-winning producer and a mentor to and developer
of writing talent. The award is given annually to a woman or women active in any aspect
of theatre whose work for, in, about, or through the medium of theatre has helped to
illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural, or political change.

Recent award recipients include:

JOANNA SHERMAN is the Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre.  As director, choreographer, musician and actor, she has participated in company performances and projects globally. The company primarily works in post-war and disadvantaged communities, collaborating with local artists, and working for the benefit of women, children and others through theatre.  Current focus areas: Afghanistan, Haiti, Myanmar, Lebanon. Ms. Sherman has directed and taught internationally, and is a frequent speaker and advocate for Theatre for Social Development. Under her directorship, the company received a MacArthur Award for its intercultural programming.  She has been an advocate and speaker on the role of the arts in peacebuilding at the United Nations, National Council on Women, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, UN Conference on Women in China, universities, and other forums, and featured on CNN, BBC, NPR, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and published in American Theatre magazine.  Ms. Sherman has a BFA from Cooper Union, and an MA in Theatre & International Studies from New York University.  Ms. Sherman also plays saxophone with the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.

 KCKia Corthron‘s plays, including A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, Light Raise the Roof, and Breath, Boom, have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, The Play Company, Culture Project, EST Marathon, ATL Humana, New York Theatre Workshop, Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, London’s Royal Court Theatre, Yale Rep, Huntington Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, New York Stage and Film, Baltimore’s CenterStage, London’s Donmar Warehouse, Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, American Place Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and elsewhere. Awards include Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Residency (Italy), Dora Maar Residency (France), MacDowell Colony, Siena Arts Institute Visiting Artist (Italy), McKnight National Residency, Wachtmeister Award, Columbia College/Goodman Theatre Fellowship, MacLean Foundation Award, AT&T OnStage Award, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, Fadiman Award, NEA/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund, New Professional Theatre Award, Callaway Award. She serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild and is a New Dramatists alumnus.

pearl_damourPearlDamour: The performance making team of Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour
An OBIE-award winning collaborative team with a 14-year history of creating work for theaters and non-traditional sites in New York, Austin, Minneapolis, and New Orleans, PearlDamour is known for combining theater with installation to create performances that are intimate, mysterious and often interactive.  PearlDamour’s devised body of work is attentive to the performer / audience relationship, and searches for new approaches to narrative through the accumulation of textual, imagistic, physical and architectural elements.  PearlDamour’s durational performances include a 24-hour event on the Stone Arch Bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, a 14-hour system of evolving tableaus in a grove of trees on the side of a busy road in Austin, TX designed to be seen by the passing cars, and their performance installation How to Build a Forest, commissioned by and presented at The Kitchen in NYC, during which they assemble and disassemble an entire forest on a stage over the course of an 8-hour work shift.  They have made work in abandoned office suites (Bird Eye Blue Print), corporate atriums (LIMO), and forgotten places and private spaces throughout New York City (SLABBER).  Their works on stages have been presented by Walker Arts Center, The Kitchen, FuseBox Festival, PS122, HERE Arts Center, the Contemporary Arts Center and Ogden Museum in New Orleans, RISD, Brown University, University of Illinois @ Chicago.  PearlDamour has received commissions fromPS122 (Terrible Things) and the Whitney Museum’s Performance on 42nd Series (LIMO), are 2-time winners of the Rockefeller MAP Fund grant, and are 2009 recipients of a Creative Capital Award for the research, development, and production of How to Build a Forest—for which they are receiving this award.