Open Rehearsal: The Court Theatre Blog

April 15, 2009

Court Theatre Receives a 2009 Spirit Award

by Traci Brant in Uncategorized,

On March 30, Artistic Director Charles Newell proudly accepted the Actor’s Equity Association’s (AEA) Spirit Recognition Award.  The Spirit Award is given to institutions that “have made non-traditional casting a way of life.”

Actress E. Faye Butler, Court Artistic Director Charles Newell, and Mixed Blood Theatre Artistic Associate Warren Bowles.

Court’s commitment to diversity is reflected not only in its casting choices but also by presenting numerous works from the African-American canon of classic theatre.  These works range from Fences to Flyin’ West to the upcoming productions of The Piano Lesson and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Actresses E. Faye Butler and Cheryl Lynn Bruce, both of whom have appeared on Court Theatre’s stage.

Under the leadership of Charles Newell and Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson, Court Theatre has shown that when theatre companies reflect the diverse communities they serve everyone benefits. 

Court Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson, Artistic Director Charles Newell, and Casting Director Cree Rankin.

Court is also honored to be in the company of the other 2009 Spirit Award Winners, The Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens and Mixed Blood Theatre.

-Adam Thurman, Director of Marketing and Communications

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