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Date of Birth: November 28, 1952 (64)
Birth Place: Saginaw, MI, USA
Gender: Female
Mayor Walsh & Billy Porter to be Honored at Huntington's SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULARMayor Walsh & Billy Porter to be Honored at Huntington's SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

 Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Tony Award-winning artist and Topdog/Underdog director Billy Porter will be honored with the Wimberly Award at the 2017 Spotlight Spectacular on Monday, April 24, 2017. The Huntington's festive annual event raises money to support the Huntington's programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 30,000 annually. (more...)

Douglas Turner Ward & Woodie King, Jr. to Be Honored in Sidewalk Ceremony at Theatre 80 St. MarksDouglas Turner Ward & Woodie King, Jr. to Be Honored in Sidewalk Ceremony at Theatre 80 St. Marks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

On Wednesday, November 16 at 4:30 PM, a Sidewalk Signing and Honors Ceremony will be held onstage at Theater 80 St. Marks, 80 St. Marks Place.  (more...)

New Cooperative to Tour to Regional Theaters Nationwide; Will Launch with Tectonic Theater Project ShowsNew Cooperative to Tour to Regional Theaters Nationwide; Will Launch with Tectonic Theater Project Shows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Trish Santini, Peter Flynn and Frank Butler announced today the formation of their new company Mainspring Arts Cooperative (MAC), a not-for-profit organization that will produce and present productions that can tour regional theaters nationwide. (more...)

Negro Ensemble Company to Launch 50th Season with DAY OF ABSENCENegro Ensemble Company to Launch 50th Season with DAY OF ABSENCE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

To launch its 50th anniversary season, The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) will revisit its very first production, 'Day of Absence' (1966) by Douglas Turner Ward, with an eight-performance run December 4-11 at Theatre 80 St. Marks, 80 St. Mark's Place. The season will include three more productions at Theatre 80 St. Marks and one at La MaMa. (more...)

Negro Ensemble Company to Kick Off 50th Anniversary Season with DAY OF ABSENCENegro Ensemble Company to Kick Off 50th Anniversary Season with DAY OF ABSENCE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

To launch its 50th anniversary season, The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) will revisit its very first production, 'Day of Absence' (1966) by Douglas Turner Ward, with an eight-performance run December 4-11 at Theatre 80 St. Marks, 80 St. Mark's Place.  The season will include three more productions at Theatre 80 St. Marks and one at La MaMa. (more...)

11th Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Selects Eight Original Short Films11th Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Selects Eight Original Short Films
by TV News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

The NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL has named eight original short films as finalists for its 11th annual festival that celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers. (more...)

Stage and Screen Vet S. Epatha Merkerson to Headline Detroit Rep's 2016 Black Tie FundraiserStage and Screen Vet S. Epatha Merkerson to Headline Detroit Rep's 2016 Black Tie Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

The Detroit Repertory Theatre has announced award-winning actress, and native Detroiter, S. Epatha Merkerson will be Keynote Speaker for the Annual Black Tie Awards Night and Homecoming Celebration.  (more...)

Go Down the Rabbit Hole with ALICE IN WONDERLAND at the Bonstelle TheatreGo Down the Rabbit Hole with ALICE IN WONDERLAND at the Bonstelle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Theatre and Dance at Wayne continues its 2016 - 17 season with the adventurous Alice in Wonderland at the Bonstelle Theatre running October 7 - 16 . Based on Lewis Carroll's classic children's book , this energetic production follows a young girl named Alice , as she falls down a rabbit hole and embarks on a bizarre and extraordinary journey to discover her true identity. (more...)

Christopher Jackson, HAIRSPRAY & More - BWW's Guide to Broadway on Fall TV!Christopher Jackson, HAIRSPRAY & More - BWW's Guide to Broadway on Fall TV!
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 23, 2016

Broadway stars and a host of musical presentations are on tap for the upcoming 2016-17 primetime television season. Included in THE LINEUP will be new series starring HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson, FROZEN's Kristen Bell and BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY star Stephen Pasquale. (more...)

VIDEOS: Meet The September Stars of WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT: Billy Porter, Justin Bartha and Stana KaticVIDEOS: Meet The September Stars of WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT: Billy Porter, Justin Bartha and Stana Katic
by Michael Dale - Aug 11, 2016

At every performance of Nassim Soleimanpour's play, a different actor is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. (more...)

Tony Winner Billy Porter to Helm Huntington Theatre Company's TOPDOG/UNDERDOG in 2017Tony Winner Billy Porter to Helm Huntington Theatre Company's TOPDOG/UNDERDOG in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Tony Award winner Billy Porter will return to the Huntington to direct next seasons Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks. Mr. Porter directed the Huntington's 2015 production of George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum and is currently performing on Broadway in Wolfe's production of Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Topdog/Underdog will perform March 10 - April 9, 2017 at the BU Theatre/Avenue of the Arts. (more...)

Riant Theatre Announces 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award WinnersRiant Theatre Announces 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

The Riant Theatre (Van Dirk Fisher, Artistic Director), a nonprofit theatre supporting playwrights and theatremakers of diverse cultural backgrounds, is holding the Launch Party for its annual Strawberry One-Act and Theatre Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 3pm at the Poet's Den Theatre (309 East 108th Street, NYC). The evening will include the presentation of 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award For Outstanding Achievement In Television and Theatre to the Emmy-winning stage, film and TV actor Joe Morton, Tony Nominee and eight time AUDELCO Award winner, Andre De Shields, the acclaimed Broadway and television actress Barbara Montgomery, and multiple Grammy Award winner, Broadway musical director and arranger Chapman Roberts. A reception with food, drinks and dancing will follow. Tickets ($50 before June 15th; $60 after that date) are available through The Riant Theatre's website (www.therianttheatre.com) and by calling the box office at 646-623-3488. They can also be purchased (cash only) at the door. (more...)

NEC's Cutting Edge Playhouse 2016 Emerging Playwrights Competition Begins This JuneNEC's Cutting Edge Playhouse 2016 Emerging Playwrights Competition Begins This June
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Beginning in June 2016, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) will deepen its commitment to discovery, development and presentation of superior theatre with four consecutive weekends of exciting and innovative productions showcasing up-and-coming Black playwrights. The Emerging Playwrights Competition is NEC's 2016 Pilot Project, marking NEC's return to the solid and impressive development and training format that established the company as an American theatre icon for over three decades. Performances will take place June 9th through July 3rd at LaMaMa ETC in The Downstairs theatre, 66 East 4th St., New York, NY 10003. To purchase tickets visit The Negro Ensemble Company website at www.necinc.org or by phone by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111 Monday thru Friday 9-9 & Saturday and Sunday 10-8. For further information and group rates call the NEC office at 212-582-5860. (more...)

NEC's Cutting Edge Playhouse 2016 Emerging Playwrights Competition Begins This JuneNEC's Cutting Edge Playhouse 2016 Emerging Playwrights Competition Begins This June
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2016

Beginning in June 2016, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) will deepen its commitment to discovery, development and presentation of superior theatre with four consecutive weekends of exciting and innovative productions showcasing up-and-coming Black playwrights. The Emerging Playwrights Competition is NEC's 2016 Pilot Project, marking NEC's return to the solid and impressive development and training format that established the company as an American theatre icon for over three decades. Performances will take place June 9th through July 3rd at LaMaMa ETC in The Downstairs theatre, 66 East 4th St., New York, NY 10003. To purchase tickets visit The Negro Ensemble Company website at www.necinc.org or by phone by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111 Monday thru Friday 9-9 & Saturday and Sunday 10-8. For further information and group rates call the NEC office at 212-582-5860. (more...)

Joe Mantegna & Gary Sinise to Co-Host PBS' NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERTJoe Mantegna & Gary Sinise to Co-Host PBS' NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
by TV News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

For over a quarter century, PBS has inspired viewers with the annual broadcast of the multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (#MemDayPBS), dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. (more...)

Bonstelle Theatre Season Closes Season with OKLAHOMA!, Beginning Performances TodayBonstelle Theatre Season Closes Season with OKLAHOMA!, Beginning Performances Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

OKLAHOMA! is the Broadway hit that ushered in the golden age of musical theatre. (more...)

Bonstelle Theatre Season to Close with Dance-Filled Finale OKLAHOMA!Bonstelle Theatre Season to Close with Dance-Filled Finale OKLAHOMA!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

OKLAHOMA! is the Broadway hit that ushered in the golden age of musical theatre. (more...)

Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance to Present OKLAHOMA!Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance to Present OKLAHOMA!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Oklahoma! is the Broadway hit that ushered in the golden age of musical theatre. The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is excited to present this dance extravaganza as celebrated choreographer Meg Paul works alongside director Blair Anderson to blend elegant dance into this classic musical. (more...)

NBC Primetime Schedule, 3/7 - 4/3NBC Primetime Schedule, 3/7 - 4/3
by TV News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE (as of : 3/7/2016 ) Monday March 7, 2016 - Sunday April 3, 2016 (more...)

SCANDAL, BETTER CALL SAUL Added to 2016 Paleyfest LA LineupSCANDAL, BETTER CALL SAUL Added to 2016 Paleyfest LA Lineup
by TV News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Two of television's hottest series are joining the diverse lineup of events at this year's PaleyFest LA, the William S. Paley Television Festival celebrating TV's most acclaimed series. (more...)

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