Theater educator and member of NETC College of Fellows, Elaine Foster Perry, professor emerita , Rhode Island College, will receive the Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts, at the Pell Awards celebration Monday, May 21, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.at Trinity Repertory Company’s Dowling Theater and Pell Chafee Performance Center.
Trinity Artistic Director Curt Columbus calls Elaine an arts educator and advocate beyond compare. “One of the core values of Trinity Repertory Company’s mission is its commitment to education – particularly education in our own community,” said Columbus. “Elaine Foster Perry exemplifies this in a way that few others can – a celebrated force in arts education for over 40 years in Rhode Island and on the national theater scene. Her impact continues to be felt on stages near and far. It’s particularly special that we are able to honor her at this year’s Pell Awards, as Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Viola Davis was one of her students.”
One of Elaine’s students will also be honored, Rhode Island’s own Academy Award-nominated actress, Viola Davis (Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts ). Also Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will be receive the Pell Award For Leadership in Arts Education, and J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center and Professional Facilities Management, will receive Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts.
Now in their second decade, the Pell Awards were established to honor Senator Claiborne Pell and recognize artistic excellence in Rhode Island and on the national level. Pell, who passed away in 2009, worked throughout his career to support the arts and provide new opportunities for artists. He sponsored the landmark legislation that established the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in 1965
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