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The John Andrew Ross Award

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Please fill out this form to nominate an outstanding candidate for the John Andrew Ross Award!

Nominee Affiliated Organization
Address and Phone
Age (Between 10 and 18 or over 50))
Why are you nominating this individual for a John Andrew Ross Award for Theater Excellence?
What contribution has this person made to Community Theater?
Given the vision and values of Mr. Ross’s theater contribution, what makes this person outstanding?
List three or more references—people who can provide additional information on the person’s theater work, with their telephone number

This award is named for the outstanding contributions made by Mr. Ross, director of Langston Hughes' BLACK NATIVITY, over the past thirty-five years. 2006 will mark the second year of offering this award.

"We felt that the installation of what will be the annual John Ross Award for Theater Excellence was the right thing to do based on John Andrew Ross' many contributions over the years to raise the bar of excellence in Community Theater. It is a small thing for a man that has given so much," stated Haywood Fennell, Sr., Artistic Director of the Oscar Micheaux After School Theater program based at the Blackstone Community Center.

2008 Awards Khamara Cleaves, Choreographer/Dancer, Student at the Boston Arts Academy

Julian Briggs, Actor/Vocalist, Student at the Boston Arts Academy

Jiri Baskerville, student, Grace Productions, Providence, RI.

Justin Rojas, student, Life Symphony Inc. Culture & Youth Enrichment Program

Jesse C. Tolbert, student, Emerson College and Boston Arts Academy graduate

Derrick Timolthy Hannah, Boston Arts Academy graduate/ Musician.

A special posthumous award in honor of Shandell Mitchell, (Triple Threat) who was an early member of the Oscar Micheaux Family Theater Program will be presented to his Mother.

2006 Awards

Akiba Abaka, Founder, Up You Mighty Race Theater Group

Elyas Harris
Sophia Hayes, Founder, Stajez Center for the Arts
Jordan Lloyd
James Ruffin, Jr.
Darcie-Nicole Wicknick, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Boston Hip-Hop Alliance

We also presented a special award for Karen Warren, who recently passed away due to an acute Asthma attack. Her family will accept her award. We dearly miss Karen and hope that our information booth on Asthma will be very helpful to all.

2005 Awards

Marilyn Andry
Cyrus Brooks
Pastor William E. Dickerson of Greater Love Tabernacle
Richard Habib Evans
Sele'Fana Kamau
Elma Lewis
Caroline Shaw Moses
Shaquan Reed
Victoria Howard Robinson