Photo Coverage: First Night: The Women In Theatre Luncheon
One of the new events added to the line-up for 2011 First Night, The Theatre Honors was The Women In Theatre Luncheon - which saluted the inaugural eight recipients of The First Night Star Award - held Tuesday, August 30, at The Listening Room Cafe in Cummins Station. Co-chaired by Corrie Miller and Neely O'Brien Green, the event was produced by Jeffrey Ellis, founder and executive producer of First Night.
More than 50 people attended the first-ever event which feted First Night Star Award winners Kate Adams-Johnson of The Keeton Theatre, Maryanna Clarke of Tennessee Women's Theater Project, Trish Crist of Rhubarb Theater Company, Melissa Bedinger Hade of ACT 1, Denice Hicks of Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Mary McCallum of SistaStyle Productions, and Cathy Sanborn Street of Street Theatre Company, for their contributions to Nashville's vibrant theatrical scene.
The WIT Luncheon was just one of the events held during the nine-day period from August 27-September 4 in celebration of live theater in the Volunteer State, which culminated on September 4 with First Night: The Honors Gala, featuring a concert in tribute to the six 2011 First Night Honorees: Pam Atha, Daniel Brewer, Gary C. Hoff, Danny Proctor, Layne Sasser and Helen Shute-Pettaway.
photos by Neely O'Brien Green
Rachel Agee, Jessika Malone and Jacki Johnson
First Night founder/executive producer Jeffrey Ellis recognizes the First Night Star Award winners.
Linda Sue Simmons Runyeon and her daughter, Alyssa
Kim Thornton Nygren, Lisa Marie Wright, Evelyn O'Neal Brush and Tammie Whited
Larry Keeton, Jane Schnelle and Brad Kamer
Alyssa and Linda Sue Simmons Runyeon
2011 First Night Honoree Helen Shute-Pettaway and Molly Breen
Jeffrey Ellis welcoming guests to the WIT Luncheon.
Lauri Gregoire and Corrie Miller
Corrie Miller and Neely O'Brien Green