In more than fifty years of commitment to American Children's
Theatre and Theatre Education of youth, the Children's Theatre Foundation
has assisted theatres, artists, scholars, and organizations in significant
activities and studies in ten areas. Highlights are...
Eight Campton Bell Graduate Scholarships 1962 - 1969; Administrative
Grant to initiate Winifred Ward Memorial Scholarship Fund;
Ten Percent Endowment Grant of the Winifred Ward Memorial Scholarship
Initial Grant for The New Generation Play Project which to date
has led to the writing/production of eight new plays and their premieres
in four major theatres; sustained early support of three of the Waldo
M. and Grace C. Bonderman IUPUI National Youth Theatre Playwriting
Symposiums in cooperation with the Indiana Repertory Theatre; numerous
grants to playwrights; the Aurand Harris Children's Theatre Grants; The CTFA Fellowships for young playwrights selected by the American
College Theatre Festival to participate in either Kennedy Center
New Visions/New Voices Program or the Waldo M. and Grace C. Bonderman
IUPUI National Youth Theatre Playwriting Symposium. Imagination
Stage and “Cinderella Eats Beans"; Playwrights
in Our Schools 2003, a project of the Playwriting Network of AATE
The Fourth International ASSITEJ Festival, 1972; The 1984 World Festival
of Theatre for Young People, New Orleans.
Numerous grants for American Representation in the formation of ASSITEJ
from 1966 - 1977; U.S. Artists Participation in International Symposia,
and Festivals in East Berlin, Shodo Island, etc.; Aurand Harris travel
to China to stage "Rags To Riches" in Shanghai; John Kauffman
to perform in Moscow; Mark Taper Forum Improvisational Theatre Project
tour of Russia; Everyman Players to ASSITEJ Festival, Venice
Biennale, 1970; Pickwick Players Youth Company of Midland tour to
New Zealand Festival; travel subsidies for graduate students, early career
professionals, and an Intern Mentor to attend the 15th International ASSIEJ
World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2005.
CTAA Creative Drama Symposium and Publication, 1983 - 1985; The Child
Drama Archives at Arizona State University; AATE International Center
for Studies in Theatre Education, 1991 - 1993; first Research Issues
of the Children's Theatre Review, 1981 - 1982; 1983 - 1985 CTAA Creative
Drama Symposium; Bibliographic Research Database Covering the Areas of Creative
Drama and Theatre for Children and Youth, University of Texas, 1991;
Manon van de Water for the development of and translation for publication
of a critical anthology of contemporary Dutch plays for young people; etc.
||Conferences & Symposiums
CTAA National CT Festival Planning Project, Wingspread 1978; University
of Kansas Symposium: Theatre for Young People - Principles and Strategies
for the Future; ACTF/ AATE Kennedy Center Conference, 1989; Arizona
State University Don Doyle Retirement Symposium, 1991; ASSITEJ/USA
Two Regional Conferences, 1996; CT Conferences at Wingspread,
1977; AATE Strategic Planning Retreat, 1995. “What is Cinderella
Hiding,” 2003 ASU; One Theatre World, 2003; Forty Years and
Counting! Honoring the Achievements of Coleman A. Jennings and the Field
of Theatre for Youth, 2004.
CTA/NEA Directory, 1978; Publication of CTAA Creative Drama Symposium,
1985; Theatre Education: Mandate for Tomorrow, 1985; New publication
of AATE: "Stage of the Art," 1995; Aurand Harris Remembered,
A Monograph, 1999.
||Crisis Management Assistance
Emergency grants to stabilize former CTAA and SSTA organizations in
the collapse of ATA, 1985 - 1987; mailing of Journals; travel of Boards
to plan; publication and mailing of Material; etc.
1992, Seattle, MEDALLIONS
- WINIFRED WARD MEMORIAL FUND. Recipient, Agnes Haaga.
- "BEHIND THE SCENES", the 1992 PBS series on arts education,
three medallions awarded, one for the TV series, one for Learning
Designs Inc, creators of "BEHIND THE SCENES", and Julie
Taymor, Director of the drama film. Recipient, Jane Garmey.
1993, Boston, MEDALLIONS
- THE PLAYS OF AURAND HARRIS.
Recipient, Mr. Harris.
- NIGHT KITCHEN, A NATIONAL CHILDREN'S THEATRE. Co-recipients,
Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks.
- PROJECT ZERO OF HARVARD. Recipient, Dr. Howard Gardner
1994, Phoenix, MEDALLIONS
- THE CHILD DRAMA COLLECTION.
Arizona State University. Recipient,
Dean Sherrie Schmidt.
- NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. Recipient, Ms Kerylee McCord.
- CHARLES STROUSE. Recipient, Mr. Strouse.
1995, Saint Paul, MEDALLIONS
- ANN STAHLMAN HILL.
Distinguished All-American Theatre
Volunteer. Recipient, Ms Hill.
- KENNEDY CENTER'S EDUCATION PROGRAM. Recipient, Mr. Derek E. Gordon.
- THE NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION OF
THE UNITED STATES. Recipient, Ms Doe Thornburg.
- THE ROBBINSDALE DISTRICT-WIDE DRAMA PROGRAM of Robbinsdale, Minnesota.
Recipient, Thomas Bollin, Superintendent.
1996, New York, MEDALLIONS
- THE NATIONAL ACTORS' THEATRE
OF TONY RANDALL. Recipient, Ms Kitty Carlisle.
- PROJECT IMPACT, ARTS IN EDUCATION FOUNDATION. Recipient, Ms Lynne
- YOUNG AUDIENCES, New York City, Recipient, Ms Eileen Goldblatt.
- YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS, INC. Recipient, Mr. Alfred Uhrey.
1997, Charlotte, MEDALLIONS
- DR. ANN M. SHAW, Mentor.
Recipient, Dr. Shaw.
- PAUL SILLS, Theatre Artist. Recipient, Mr. Sills.
- SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR EDUCATION IN THE ARTS. Recipient, Mr. Kim
- MR. BRIAN WAY, Playwright, Mentor. Recipient, Mr. Way.
1998, Denver, MEDALLIONS
- THE BIENNIAL BONDERMAN/IUPUI/IRT.
Co-recipients, Ms. Pauline Bonderman,
Dr. William M. Plater, Ms Janet Allen.
- CHERRY CREEK DISTRICT DRAMA PROGRAM of COLORADO. Recipient, Dr.
Robert D. Tschirki, Superintendent.
- DR. JED H. DAVIS, Mentor. Recipient, Dr. Davis.
- THE NEW 42nd ST., INC/NEW VICTORY THEATER OF NEW YORK CITY. Recipient,
1999, Evanston, MEDALLIONS
- MR. ALVIN COHEN, Benefactor
of CTFA. Recipient, Mr. Cohen.
- ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL. Co-recipients, Illinois
Arts Council, Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois State University
and University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana.
- INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE OF PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. Recipient,
Marianne P. Welch, President.
- MS SHARI LEWIS, LAMB CHOP AND FRIENDS. Recipients, Lamb Chop
and Ms Mallory Tarcherhood.
- DR. CECILY O'NEILL, mentor, scholar. Recipient, Dr. O'Neill.
2000, Washington, D.C.,
- THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
OF PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS SCHOOLS. Co-Recipients,
Ronald Daniel and Mitzi Yates.
- NEW VISIONS/NEW VOICES FESTIVAL of the John F. Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts. Recipient, Derek Gordon.
- CHARLES SCHULTZ AND CHARILE BROWN AND THE PEANUTS GANG. Recipient
on behalf of the Schultz Family, "Snoopy" as performed by
Regina de Ocampo.
- THE STORYTELLING FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL. Recipients, co-founders
Jimmy Neil Smith and Jackies Torrence.
- MS JULIE TAYMORE, world theatre artist extradordinaire for "The
Lion King." Recipient, Thuli Dumakude.
2001, San Diego, MEDALLIONS
- THIRTY YEARS' OF P.L.A.Y.
BY THE MARK TAPER FORUM. Recipient, Dolores
Apollonia Chavez, Producer.
- THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL'S REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS.
Recipient, Kim Thomas Donohue.
- THE LEGACY OF DR. SEUSS, a.k.a. DR. THEODOR GEISEL. Recipient,
Mrs. Audrey Stone Geisel (Mrs. Seuss).
- DR. SUZAN L. ZEDER, Playwright and National Mentor to AMERICA
AND BEYOND. Recipient, Dr. Zeder.
2002, Minneapolis, MEDALLIONS
- A DISTINGUISHED QUARTET
OF NATIONAL MENTORS OF THEATRE FOR CHILDREN/YOUTH. Recipients,
MARY JANE EVANS, Minneapolis; NELLIE McCASLIN, New York;
BARBARA M. McINTYRE, Victoria; GERALDINE B. SIKS, Seattle.
- THE GUTHRIE EDUCATION PROGRAM. Recipients: Sheila Livingstone,
founder of the program; Joe Dowling, Artistic Director of the
2003, New York, MEDALLIONS
- VIRGINIA GLASGOW KOSTE,
Recipient, Ms Koste.
- MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD. Recipients, Fred Rogers, David Newell
- THE PAPER BAG PLAYERS. Recipient, Judith Martin.
- THE THEATRE EDUCATION PROGRAM of NYU. Medallion recipients: Administrator
of NYU; Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, visionaries, co-founders and
mentors of this program.
- ANNE THURMAN, National Mentor, Recipient, Anne Thurman.
2004, Salt Lake City, MEDALLIONS
- PATRICIA WHITTON FORREST,
Publisher. Recipient, Ms. Forrest.
- THE SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY/EDUCATION
THEATRE ASSOCIATION. Recipients: Michael Petz, Executive Director
and William Myatt, President of the E.T.A.
- THE CHILDREN'S THEATRE COMPANY OF MINNEAPOLIS. Recipient, Peter
- HAROLD OAKS, Ph,D. Emeritus Professor, Brigham Young University.
Recipient, Dr. Oaks.
2005, Chicago, MEDALLIONS
- MOSES GOLDBERG, Ph,D, Playwright,
Producer, Director, Scholar. Recipient: Dr. Goldberg.
- DONALD P. DOYLE, Ph,D. Professor, Mentor
Performing Artist, Founder of Child Drama Education at Arizona State University.
Recipient: Dr. Doyle.
- LIN SOMMERS WRIGHT, Ph,D. Professor, Mentor, Visionary, National
Leader in Child Drama. Recipient, Dr. Wright.
- KATHERINE PATERSON, Distinguished author of beloved books for young
people. Recipient, Ms Paterson.
- ORLIN COREY, Director, Publisher, Producer, Advocate. Recipient,
2006, Bethesda, MEDALLIONS
- IRENE LOCKRIDGE COREY,
Designer, Author, Master Teacher. Recipient,
- JOSEPH ROBINETTE, Playwright, Director, Education, Recipient,
- BELLA ITKIN, Renowned teacher of acting and Director and head of
the Goodman Children's Theatre, subsequently Chicago Play works, The Theatre
School at DePaul University. Recipient: Dr. Itkin.
- JONATHAN LEVY, Playwright, Scholar, and Distinguished Professor.
Recipient: Mr. Levy.
2007, Vancouver, MEDALLIONS
- CHRISTOPHER GAZE, Nationally honored stage artist, founder/ artistic director of Bard on the Beach;
creator of numerous Shakespearean Workshops in
schools of Western Canada.
- GINA MAY, Lifetime contribution to arts and theatre education
in Washington State
advocate, long commitment to the Winifred Ward Memorial Fund, and a former CTFA Board Member
- TOM BEHM, Lifetime contribution to theatre for youth and children; founder/director of the North Carolina Theatre for Youth for several decades; theatre artist, educator, playwright; and 30 years of service as Board member of CTFA.
- ELIZABETH BALL, Founder and Artistic Director of two continuing theatres--Carousel Theatre for 27 years, and the Waterfront Theatre on Grandville Island for 10 years. Now a Councillor of Vancouver, she is acclaimed as "Arts Councillor" in City Hall
2008, Atlanta, MEDALLIONS
- THE ALLIANCE THEATRE. Recipients Carol T. Jones, Director of Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists; Rosemary Newcott, The Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth; and Sharon Brewer, Director of Education.
- CHILDREN'S THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE. Recipients Bruce LaRowe, Executive Director; Alan Poindexter, Artistic Director; and Valerie Rhymer, Education Director.
2009, New York City, MEDALLIONS XVIII:
- JAMES STILL, playwright for stage and television; Maxine Greene, Emeritus, Teacher's College, Columbia and influential voice for arts education.
NEW YORK STATE THEATRE INSTITUTE for decades of stage production and educational programs and its founder, PATRICIA DI BENEDETTO SNYDER, producing artistic director.
2010, San Francisco, Corey MEDALLIONS XIX:
(The CTFA Medallion Awards were renamed the Orlin Corey Medallion Awards in 2010)
- CHILDSPLAY THEATER, Tempe, Arizona and DAVID SAAR, founding director.
THE RAINBOW COMPANY YOUTH THEATRE of Las Vegas.
PAT BRIGGS, director of Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Palo Alto California.
ELEANOR and RAY HARDER, collaborative playwrights / composers from Los Angeles.
2011, Chicago, IL, Corey MEDALLIONS XX:
- FIRST STAGE CHILDREN’S THEATER and ROB GOODMAN, founding director of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s premier professional theater for young people and families, about to celebrate it’s 25th year.
- GLORIA BOND CLUNIE, Chicago-based, award–winning playwright and drama specialist in Evanston’s District 65.
- COLEMAN A. JENNINGS, Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas-Austin, professor, administrator, director, playwright, author, producer and eminent leader in field of theatre for young audiences.
2012, Lexington, KY, Corey MEDALLIONS XXI:
- RUTH HEINIG, Professor Emerita (of Communication) Western Michigan University, member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, textbook author, storyteller, and award-winning teacher
- NAT EEK, a Regents Professor Emeritus of Drama and Dean Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma, who was involved in the formative years of ASSITEJ as a member of the Executive Committee, Vice President and President and, ultimately, named Honorary President in 1988
- THE FUND FOR THE ARTS, based in Louisville, KY, the oldest united arts fund in the country, has raised million of dollars to support arts groups and programs in Kentucky and Southern Indiana since its establishment in 1949. Medallion accepted by Fund Executive Director, Barbara Sexton Smith.
||Performances & Lecturers
Cecily O'Neill of London; Natalia Sats of Moscow; Jonathan
Levy; Jean Houston, Metro Theatre Circus; Neil Postman;
Margaret Hamilton; William Ball; Jerome Singer; Tomie
de Paola; Wendy Kesselman; Choyd Youth Theatre of Wales; preview
of The Yellow Boat; Charles Strouse; Aurand Harris
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