The New England Theatre Conference

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2018 ELLIOT NORTON MAJOR AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE AMERICAN THEATRE

ANNE HAMBURGER

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Anne Hamburger founded En Garde Arts in 1985 and pioneered site-specific theatre in New York, and for 13 years used the streets and historic landmarks as her stage giving a major platform to such visionary artists as Mac Wellman, Anne Bogart, Tina Landau and Chuck Mee .   

She left New York City in 1998, husband and twins in tow, to become the Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse.  She was only there for a very short time as she was recruited by Disney to serve as Executive Vice President of a new global division called Creative Entertainment where she lead the creative development and production of all the major stage shows, parades and daytime and nighttime spectacles for the parks worldwide.  She brought nationally recognized artists into the theme park world for the first time in the company's history: Diane Paulus, Kristen and Bobby Lopez, Francesca Zambello.

 After nine years, Hamburger answered the call of theatre that was closest to her heart and returned to New York to re-launch En Garde Arts in 2014En Garde Arts relaunch was with the development and production of Basetrack Live, a multimedia production about the impact of war on veterans and their families.  It was voted Top Ten 0f 2014 by The NY Times.  The production toured to 40 cities and this past January premiered at Fort Hood military base at the invitation of the Commanding General to encourage active duty soldiers to avail themselves of mental health services.  Following our visit to the base where we performed for over 2,000 soldiers,  the military did a study that determined that there was a 36% reduction in stigma towards mental health services.  They have  subsequently invited us back to five more bases.  In 2016, En Garde Arts premiered Wilderness, a NY Times Critics Pick, about the search for connection between parents and their troubled teens.  It premiered at the Abrons Arts Center and toured to over a half dozen cities including the Kennedy Center.  En Garde's most recent production was Red Hills by Asiimwe Deborah Kawe and Sean Christopher Lewis that was performed in multiple environments in an empty floor of an office building near downtown Wall Street Centered on a relationship between an American missionary and Rwandan Tutsi, it questions who has the right to author history and questions whose story is it to tell?  En Garde's upcoming production is Undocumented written by a Latinx team  that will tour the five boroughs in the fall of 2019.  En Garde was the recipient of six Obies, an Outer Critics Circle Award and two Drama Desk Awards.  She is the mother of twins and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

SPECIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE AMERICAN THEATRE

   RICH HEBERT                                            NORA HUSSEY

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NETCThe New England Theatre Conference is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing its members with professional services, career development, and recognition awards in the live theater arts. Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, NETC proudly supports quality theatre and promotes excellence in all divisions of theatre. A recognized voice for practitioners in youth, secondary, university, community and professional theatre, NETC continues to expand its support of New England theatre in addition to nurturing and promoting new theatre activity.

Founded in 1952 by the legendary Boston drama critic Elliot Norton who believed that theatre activists had much to offer one another, NETC was established as the place to learn and share that knowledge. From this simple premise NETC has grown into a dynamic force in New England theater