Unicorn Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Cynthia Levin and Black Repertory Theatre’s Damron Russel Armstrong will be awarded the Kathryn V. Lamkey Award from the Actor’s Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers.
The ceremony will take place during Equity’s “Spirit, A Celebration of Diversity” event held March 12th at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago, IL.
Presented annually by the National Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Committee, the Lamkey Award, or the “Kathy,” is named after longtime Equity Central Regional Director, Kathryn V. Lamkey and honors theatre companies, individuals, producers, and organizations that provide ongoing opportunities for underrepresented members.
Levin says “Receiving an award from Actors’ Equity alone would be an amazing honor but to receive it from the Equal Opportunity Committee for our commitment to endorse goals of diversity and inclusion is one of the most important and humbling awards I could ever hope for.”
“It is a great honor to be recognized by this national organization in only our second production season,” comments Armstrong. More than a production company, The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City is a Movement of understanding, sharing the contributions made by African Americans, and engaging audiences by celebrating our differences and how by working together we can move forward.”
Levin, who joined the Unicorn in 1979, and became Producing Artistic Director in 1982 has been a part of over 300 productions with the company. She is a founding member of the National New Play Network, an organization dedicated to the development and production of new works.
Russell, who has served as Black Repertory Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director since it’s founding, has worked as an actor/director in the Kansas City area and been seen on stage at the Unicorn Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, Theatre for Young America, The American Heartland Theatre, The Living Room Theatre, Chestnut Fine Arts Center, New Theatre Restaurant, and Kansas City Actors Theatre.
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