The Sarah Siddons Society Honors Jackie Taylor, Founder Of Black Ensemble Theater, With 2018 Leading Lady Award

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Jackie Taylor, Founder & CEO of the Black Ensemble Theater will be the recipient of the Sarah Siddons Society 2018 Leading Lady Award. Actress, producer and renowned playwright, Jackie Taylor has grown BET from a small arts organization into a vibrant nationally and internally recognized arts institution. A leader and innovator in the African-American and mainstream arts communities, Black Ensemble Theater is recognized as one the most diverse theaters in the country, producing show stopping musical theater. "The Sarah Siddons Society is honored to name Jackie Taylor as our 2018 Leading Lady awardee. With this well-deserved recognition, Ms. Taylor joins an illustrious group of Chicago theatre legends recognized by the Sarah Siddons Society. We couldn't be more excited than to honor her remarkable contributions to the Chicago theatre community with this year's award", says Marty Balogh, President of the Society.

Theatre lovers and their guests will enjoy a Holiday Tea at the festive Fortnightly Club on the city's Gold Coast. All proceeds of the event benefit the Sarah Siddons Scholarship Fund.

The event will begin with a networking reception at 3:00 pm, followed by Tea, a conversation with the honoree and presentation of the award at the Fortnightly Club on Monday, December 3rd, 2018. Tickets are $20 each. For more information please visit the Sarah Siddons Society website at

Since its inception over 65 years ago, the Sarah Siddons Society has granted scholarships to outstanding theatre students from the city's top theatre programs at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago and Roosevelt University. The mission of the Society is to assist the next generation of rising stars fulfill their dreams. The Society is a proud sponsor of the BET "Plays with a Purpose" series.

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