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Riant Theatre To Present Pioneer Of The Arts Awards To CHOIR BOY's Camille A. Brown & JITNEY's Jerome Preston Bates

Riant Theatre To Present Pioneer Of The Arts Awards To CHOIR BOY's Camille A. Brown & JITNEY's Jerome Preston BatesThe Riant Theatre will be presenting THE PIONEER OF THE ARTS AWARDS to Camille A. Brown, Choreographer of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and CHOIR BOY on Broadway and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - LIVE on NBC with John Legend and to Jerome Preston Bates, Actor, JITNEY, STICK FLY & AMERICAN SON on Broadway, on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Mansion/Museum, Margo Feiden Galleries LTD, 15 East 9th St, NYC. Time: 6PM until 8:30PM. Tickets are $60 Online before 2/18 and $75 Online after 2/17. For tickets go to

The Launch Party for the Strawberry One-Act Festival will benefit our YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS, which are given to an outstanding teenager in our Internship Program who is planning to enroll or is currently enrolled in college.

(Photo: Camille A. Brown (Photo Credit: Whitney Browne) and Jerome Preston Bates (Photo Credit: James Alexander), Seven Guitars by August Wilson with Viola Davis and Jerome Preston Bates at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago)

Camille A. Brown, Choreographer, Honoree

Camille A. Brown is a prolific Black female choreographer reclaiming the cultural narrative of African American identity. She is a Ford Foundation- Art of Change Fellow, Audelco Award recipient, four- time Princess Grace Award winner, Guggenheim Fellow, Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient, USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, TED Fellow, and Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. Her Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, tours nationally and internationally. Notable theater credits for her choreography include: Tony Award Winning Broadway revival, Once On This Island (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Chita Rivera Nominations), The Emmy Award Winning, Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC, Broadway's A Streetcar Named Desire, The Fortress of Solitude (Lortel Nomination), BELLA: An American Tall Tale (Lortel Nomination), among others. (Photo Credit: Whitney Browne)

Jerome Preston Bates, Actor, Director & Playwright, Honoree

Jerome Preston Bates is an American theater, film and television actor, director and playwright. Broadway Credits include: August Wilson's Jitney, Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Manhattan Theater Club, Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play), Stick Fly, Directed by Kenny Leon (Lyceum Theatre); August Wilson's Seven Guitars, Directed by Lloyd Richards (Walter Kerr Theatre). Film/TV credits include: Oz, All My Children, Law & Order, Third Watch, Lights Out, NYPD Blue, New York Undercover, Shaft 2000, Musical Chairs, It Runs in the Family, The Out-of-Towners, Tio Papi Peeples, Romeo and Juliet in Harlem. Directing credits include: The entire August Wilson Century Cycle (Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, GA). He has won six AUDELCO Awards, including Herald Loomis in Joe Turner's Come and Gone; Carter G. Woodson Award. (Photo Credit: James Alexander)

The Riant Theatre, (Van Dirk Fisher, Founder & Artistic Director) the Audelco Award-winning nonprofit providing a nurturing developmental environment for playwrights and theatre creators of diverse cultural backgrounds -- proudly presents THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL. A celebration of cultural diversity, THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL will be presented at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios (244 West 54th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, NYC) Wednesday, March 13th through Sunday, March 24th, 2019. This winter's festival marks the 32nd Season of The Riant Theatre's renowned short play competition, and also will feature the premieres of eight full-length one-act plays. Reflecting the diversity written into the mission of its presenter, THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL has produced over 1,500 one-act plays since it began in 1995 (in recent years, the festival has often been presented biannually due to demand from artist submissions and audiences alike). This year's festival will present 24 one-act plays in competition along with 8 full-length plays.

Tickets for all performances during THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL are priced as follows: General admission - $25 advance/$27 at the box office. Tickets are on sale now through or by calling 646-623-3488. Festival Pass discount packages are also available upon request.

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