Piven Theatre WorkshopÂ's 2010 Annual Awards Brunch To Honor Kate Walsh 10/17

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The Piven Theatre Workshop Board of Directors, together with the Host Committee and Master of Ceremonies ABC7's Linda Yu, proudly announce Piven Theatre Workshop's 2010 Annual Awards Brunch to honor Piven Theatre Workshop alumna and "Private Practice" star, Kate Walsh and arts advocate and CEO & Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions, Billy Dec. The elegant Awards Brunch will be held Sunday, October 17 at Sunda Restaurant from 12:00PM to 1:45PM. A special VIP Reception will be held prior to the Awards Brunch at a private downtown location. Tickets for both events are limited.

The Joyce Piven Artistic Excellence Award will be presented to stage, film and television actress Kate Walsh, currently starring in the hit ABC drama "Private Practice" for her continued support of Piven Theatre Workshop and her outstanding contribution to theatre nationwide. The second annual Byrne Piven Community Service Award will be presented to Rockit Ranch Productions CEO & Founder and arts advocate Billy Dec in appreciation of his loyal support for both Piven Theatre Workshop and the Chicago theatre community at large.

All proceeds from the 2010 Annual Awards Brunch will benefit Piven Theatre Workshop, an acclaimed Chicago institution with over 35 years of excellence in training children and adults in theatre arts. Previous Award winners include Chicago director Jessica Thebus and Off the Street Club President Ralph Campagna.

"This event is a spectacular way to celebrate and support Piven Theatre," says theater Co-Founder Joyce Piven. "This year, we are honored to present our Artistic Excellence Award to Piven alumna, television, film and theatre actress Kate Walsh. Celebrating this exceptional theatre artist who is a Piven Theatre Workshop alumna, a longtime supporter of our work, and a major contributor to the national acting community is a pleasure beyond description. Our second annual Byrne Piven Community Service Award will be presented to Chicago's own Billy Dec, CEO and Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions, loyal Piven Theatre Workshop supporter, and an untiring arts advocate, whose dedication to sharing theatre art across our city's diverse communities is immeasurable."

Tickets to Piven Theatre Workshop's 2010 Annual Awards Brunch are now available and can be purchased by calling (847) 866-8049 or visiting www.piventheatre.org. VIP Reception tickets, including admission to the Awards Brunch, are $250. Tickets for the Award's Brunch only are $100.
Piven Theatre Workshop's 2010 Annual Awards Brunch is generously sponsored by Sunda Restaurant, Moet & Chandon Champagne, Belvedere Vodka, JonesHouse, Inc., North Shore Printers, Inc. and MJ Catering & Events.

Kate Walsh currently stars as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC drama "Private Practice," a spin-off of the hit show "Grey's Anatomy" where Walsh made her first appearance in 2005. The enormous success of her character on "Grey's" led ABC, along with writer and creator Shonda Rimes, to create a spin-off based solely on her character, Addison. "Private Practice" also stars Tim Daly, Audra McDonald, Amy Brenneman, Taye Diggs and Paul Adelstein.

The show premiered in September of 2007 as the highest-rated new series of the season, and debuted as the #1 show on Wednesday evenings. The show has continued its success with its sixth season premiering this September. During her two seasons on "Grey's Anatomy," the show received a SAG award for "Best Ensemble" in 2007, and received ensemble nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2006 and 2008, respectively. "Grey's" won the Golden Globe for "Best Television Series Drama" in 2007 and was nominated again the following year. The show also received Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 2006 as well as in 2007 and received three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 2006-2008.

On the big screen, Walsh was last seen in the supernatural thriller "Legion" starring opposite Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid. Walsh recently filmed "Waska," an Independent thriller centered on a small town dealing with the tragic death of a young boy. Walsh stars opposite Thomas Dekker, Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Piven.




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