Orpheum President Named 2017 Presenter of the Year

Orpheum President Named 2017 Presenter of the Year

The Orpheum Theatre Group is pleased to announce that President & CEO Brett Batterson has been named NAPAMA's (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) 2017 Presenter of the Year. The official awards presentation will take place at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals' (APAP) annual conference on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Batterson's award will be presented by NAPAMA president, David Wannen.

APAP honors artists, visionaries and advocates in the performing arts. The annual APAP Awards Ceremony is a celebration of those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a significant impact on the industry and communities they serve both in the US and abroad.

"This year's awards ceremony coincides with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and in the 50th year since his assassination. Whether we are recognizing the many social and artistic achievements of Arthur Mitchell, who made a deliberate decision following Martin Luther King's assassination to start Dance Theatre of Harlem, or taking a moment as a community to recognize the words and works of Dr. King, there is no question the arts serve a meaningful purpose in every corner of our culture," said Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of APAP. "The 2018 recipients inspire and motivate our field to continue to grow and change, showing the strength and influence the arts can have in our communities, schools and cultural landscapes, and how important and influential the arts can be."

Other awards recipients for the 2018 ceremony include:

THE SIDNEY R. YATES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF THE PERFORMING ARTS:

Carlton Turner, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS

THE William Dawson AWARD FOR PROGRAMMATIC EXCELLENCE AND SUSTAINED ACHIEVEMENT IN PROGRAMMING: globalFEST (Bill Bragin, Isabel Soffer, and Shanta Thake, Co-Directors)

THE AWARD OF MERIT FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PERFORMING ARTS:

Arthur Mitchell, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Educator and Co-Founder, Dance Theatre of Harlem

NAPAMA LIZ SILVERSTEIN AWARD FOR AGENT-MANAGER OF THE YEAR:

Pamela M. Green, President & CEO, PMG Arts Management

About APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals:

APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, based in Washington, D.C., is the national service, advocacy and membership organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust, performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. Our 1,600 national and international members represent leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performance facilities, nonprofit performing arts centers, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, as well as artist agencies, managers, touring companies, and national consulting practices that serve the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists. As a leader in the field, APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement. APAP is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by President & CEO Mario Garcia Durham. In addition to presenting the annual APAP|NYC conference - the world's leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts (Jan. 12-16, 2018) - APAP continues to be the industry's leading resource, knowledge and networking destination for the advancement of performing arts presenting.

About NAPAMA, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents:

NAPAMA's mission is to promote the best interests of performing arts agents and managers through leadership, professional development and alliances in the performing arts industry.

About the Orpheum Theatre Group:

The mission of the Orpheum Theatre Group is to enhance the communities we serve by utilizing the performing arts to entertain, educate, and enlighten while preserving the historic Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. For more information, visit www.orpheum-memphis.com.



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