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On September 17, 2016 the Not in Our House Chicago Theatre Community will be honored as the recipient of the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2015 Award of Excellence in Professional Theatre. The awards presentation will take place as part of the Illinois Theatre Association’s Inaugural Gala – “Opening Night!”, which will be held at Harper College’s Wojcik Conference Center in Palatine, Illinois.
Aimee-Lynn Newlan, Executive Director of the Illinois Theatre Association, states “Each year the Illinois Theatre Association recognizes both individuals and organizations for their significant contributions of promoting quality theatre throughout the state of Illinois. Not in Our House Chicago Theatre Community was nominated by the Illinois theater community, approved by ITA’s divisional representatives, and accepted by ITA’s Board of Directors. We are thrilled to provide this much-deserved recognition.” Other recipients include:
Creative Drama: Elisabeth Westphal
Theatre for Young Audiences: Bughouse Theater
Secondary School Theatre: Kathie Foszcz
College/University Theatre: Victoria Deiorio
Community Theatre: Brandon Thomsen, Quincy Community Theatre
Anne Thurman Mentorship Award: Leslie Hinderyckx, Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Northwestern University
2016 Awards of Honor: Michael Halberstam — Writers Theater
In addition, Lori Myers and Laura T. Fisher will be honored with Stage Left’s Hallie Flanagan Award on Friday, September 30th for their work in founding Not in Our House and The Chicago Code of Conduct. The Hallie Flanagan Award celebrates significant contributions to artwork that illuminates the social and political aspects of the human condition. Hallie Flanagan (1890-1969) was an American theatrical producer and director, playwright, and author. She is best known as director of the Federal Theatre Project, a part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Depression.