Sharon Smith News

Retirement Options Certifies Fourteen Coaches in Use of Non-Financial Retirement Planning Assessments
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Retirement Options, a leading global provider of retirement coach certification and retirement readiness assessments, announced today that fourteen new coaches from across the globe successfully achieved their certification to become a Certified Retirement Coach. The ten-week certification course provided in-depth training in two non-financial retirement planning assessments, the Retirement Success Profile and the Life Options Profile, ensuring that coaches are well versed in the use of these scientifically designed and validated assessment tools. (more...)

RIDDANCE World Premiere Opens Today at MorYork Gallery
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Writers Sissy Boyd and Wesley Walker team up for the world premiere of Riddance, an evening of hauntingly poetic new theater at MorYork Gallery in Highland Park, which is also by turns darkly surreal and humorous. It opens today, March 21. (more...)

RIDDANCE World Premiere to Open 3/21 at MorYork Gallery
by BWW News Desk - Mar 08, 2014

Writers Sissy Boyd and Wesley Walker team up for the world premiere of Riddance, an evening of hauntingly poetic new theater at MorYork Gallery in Highland Park, which is also by turns darkly surreal and humorous. It opens March 21. (more...)

Centerstage Closes Season After 50 Years
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2013

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and its first full season under the combined leadership of Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and Managing Director Stephen Richard, CENTERSTAGE drew national attention and local acclaim for its groundbreaking stage work, including two World Premieres; special artistic initiatives; and innovative community programs-raising the bar for the Theater's next 50 years. (more...)

CENTERSTAGE Announces Honorees for 27th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2013

CENTERSTAGE has announced the honorees for this years' Young Playwrights Festival, an annual competition that welcomes student playwrights around the state to submit their original works. This year, more than 400 Maryland students in grades K-12 submitted plays. The honored plays that were selected will be showcased with workshops, in-school performances, and select pieces will be staged at CENTERSTAGE at the annual Young Playwrights Festival performance at CENTERSTAGE on Monday, May 6, at 7 pm. (more...)

Former High School Choral Director Returns in Benefit Concert for Paul's Players, 2/9-10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 09, 2013

Jerry Smith was only 25 years old when he was hired in 1959 to develop a choral program at Livonia's Bentley High School. But over the course of his 25 years at the school, the Bentley Concert Choir (BCC) developed a widespread reputation for excellence, and its members traveled worldwide sharing their musical abilities. When Bentley closed in 1985, Smith went on to develop the CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts Program) at Churchill High School. Smith, along with members of his musical family, will perform a concert to benefit Paul's Players, a local community theater group, tonight, February 9, 2013. (more...)

The Baltimore Sun Auction for CENTERSTAGE Begins 2/6
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

Exciting news as CENTERSTAGE gears up for its annual auction-just two weeks away: The online fundraising site, BiddingForGood, has just released their listing of "10 Auctions That Rocked 2012," and in 2012 The Baltimore Sun Auction for CENTERSTAGE made the list. (more...)

Former High School Choral Director Returns in Benefit Concert for Paul's Players, 2/9-10
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2013

Jerry Smith was only 25 years old when he was hired in 1959 to develop a choral program at Livonia's Bentley High School. But over the course of his 25 years at the school, the Bentley Concert Choir (BCC) developed a widespread reputation for excellence, and its members traveled worldwide sharing their musical abilities. When Bentley closed in 1985, Smith went on to develop the CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts Program) at Churchill High School. Smith, along with members of his musical family, will perform a concert to benefit Paul's Players, a local community theater group, on February 9, 2013. (more...)

CENTERSTAGE's Upcoming Raisin Cycle Honored with NEA Grant and Edgerton Award
by BWW News Desk - Dec 03, 2012

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced Wednesday that CENTERSTAGE is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant for its Spring 2013 Raisin Cycle. The announcement comes on the heels of CENTERSTAGE Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah's own Beneatha's Place, penned for the Cycle, receiving the Edgerton New American Play Award. (more...)

BEATS' Kieran Hurley Features in Forest Fringe's PAPER STAGES Performance Art Book for Edfringe, Beg. Aug 11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2012

Forest Fringe has announced Paper Stages, a beautifully designed free book co-authored by over twenty Forest Fringe artists, each page of which will be a different instruction-based performance for the reader or readers to perform themselves. Paper Stages will be launches today, 11th of August with a raucus party at an as-yet secret location. Featured writers include Kieran Hurley, writer-performer of the CATS Award-winning Beats. (more...)

BEATS' Kieran Hurley to Feature in Forest Fringe's PAPER STAGES Performance Art Book for Edfringe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2012

Forest Fringe has announced Paper Stages, a beautifully designed free book co-authored by over twenty Forest Fringe artists, each page of which will be a different instruction-based performance for the reader or readers to perform themselves. Paper Stages will be launches on the 11th of August with a raucus party at an as-yet secret location. Featured writers include Kieran Hurley, writer-performer of the CATS Award-winning Beats. (more...)

Review - Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good)
by Ben Peltz - Jan 24, 2012

Is it possible to recreate someone else's authenticity seven times a week doing the same Off-Broadway show?  If last Saturday night's performance of Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good) is any indication, the answer is a resounding... I'm not sure.  But in any case, the lighthearted madness inhabiting The Public Theater's Newman space, devised by the German/British theatrical squad named in the title, makes for a rollicking good time. (more...)

Review - The Road To Mecca
by Ben Peltz - Jan 23, 2012

There's a beautiful softness that bathes every artistic aspect of director Gordon Edelstein's graceful and endearing production of Athol Fugard's meditation on independence through creativity, The Road To Mecca. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Dark Shadows 45th Anniversary Reunion in Brooklyn
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Aug 25, 2011

The weekend of August 19,20,21, 2011 brought members of the original cast of TV's Dark Shadows to The Marriott at The Brooklyn Bridge, in Brooklyn, NY. (more...)

Civic Theatre Announces 2010-11 Anthony Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2011

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presented the annual Anthony Awards on Sunday, July 10th. Luke Holliger received an Anthony Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre and Cyndy Elick won an Anthony Award for Excellence in Volunteerism. (more...)