Franklin, McKay and More to Be Honored with 2008 Theatre Museum Awards

News   Franklin, McKay and More to Be Honored with 2008 Theatre Museum Awards Recipients of the 2008 Theatre Museum Awards were announced July 3.

The awards, which recognize "individuals and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to the life of the theatre," will be presented Oct. 21 at The Players Club in Manhattan.

This year's recipients include radio and television personality Joe Franklin, who will be presented with the Theatre Museum's Career Achievement Award; "Broadway: The Golden Age" filmmaker Rick McKay, who will receive the Award of Excellence for Theatre History Preservation (Individual); The Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana, which will be honored with the Award of Excellence for Theatre History Preservation (Organization); and Five Towns College, which will receive the Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education.

In a statement Museum president Helen Marie Guditis said, "The Theatre Museum is proud to have the opportunity to recognize a diverse array of recipients this year. Each, in a uniquely different way, has made a significant contribution to theatre arts and the principles and goals of our organization."

Five Towns College, which was founded by Dr. Stanley G. Cohen and the late Mrs. Lorraine Kleinman-Cohen in 1969, is a community of "artists and scholars who specialize in music, media, business, education, theatre, film and the performing arts."

Officially opened in 1973, the Iowa-based Museum of Repertoire Americana is "dedicated to preserving memorabilia and artifacts of early repertoire theatre. The collection, featuring materials dating from the 1880s through the 1970s, includes numerous painted curtains and scenic pieces, Playbills, show cards, advertising sheets, heralds, photographs, programs, correspondence, tour schedules and other original source materials." Founded in 2003, the Theatre Museum is a non-profit museum dedicated to the history of theatre. It does not have a permanent home, but presents exhibitions in collaboration with other cultural institutions.