Liv Ullmann and Desmond Richardson to Receive YoungArts Awards

Liv Ullmann and Desmond Richardson to Receive YoungArts Awards is reporting that director Liv Ullmann and Broadway veteran Desmond Richardson will receive YoungArts Awards granted by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts at the YoungArts Gala on January 16, 2010. Richardson, who received a YoungArts Award in 1986 and is also a Presidential Scholar will perform at the Gala and Ullmann will recieve the Arison Award.

The Gala is the culmination in a week long workshop provided by YoungArts that allows young artists to take master classes in the arts. The Gala will showcase the artists' work as well as provide an ending celebration for the week-long workshop.

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Richardson has performed as a guest artist with several world-renowned companies including the Swedish Opera Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Teatro at La Scala, and the San Francisco Ballet. In 1997, he joined the American Ballet Theater where he performed the lead role in the company's world premiere production of Othello. In 1998, Richardson joined the premiere cast of the Broadway musical Fosse for which he received a 1999 Tony Award Nomination. He has also appeared on Broadway in the musical The Look of Love: The songs of Burt Bacharach and Movin' Out.

Liv Ullmann and Desmond Richardson to Receive YoungArts AwardsUllmann began her Broadway directorial career with the production of I Remember Mama, which underwent numerous revisions during a long preview period, then closed after 108 performances. Ullmann most recently directed actress Cate Blanchett in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia. The play premiered in September 2009 and concluded in October 2009, before the production moved to the United States.

Tickets range from $650.00 to $1,000.00 and tables range from $6,500 to $50,000. Contact Megan Ann Harmon at 305-377-1140, or

youngARTS evaluates students against a standard of excellence for their discipline and age. Approximately 10 percent of the 6-8,000 annual applicants receive scholarships and awards. Of those, up to 150 students are chosen to participate in youngARTS Week, during which they are brought to Miami for an all-expenses-paid week of master classes, showcase performances, exhibitions, interdisciplinary activities, enrichment programs, interviews, and the final auditions.

youngARTS winners share $500,000 in cash awards - an additional $3 million in scholarship opportunities is available to all youngARTS applicants.

NFAA is the exclusive nominating agency for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts. NFAA also supports young artists through its programs for alumni, including internships, grants, awards, and career development opportunities.

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