The Signature Theatre Company celebrated the career of Douglas Turner Ward, the founder of the Negro Ensemble Company, at its 2009 Annual Gala on March 30.
Douglas Turner Ward is the original director of the three plays in Signature's current NEC season: Leslie Lee's The First Breeze of Summer, Samm-Art Williams' Home and Charles Fuller's Zooman and the Sign. As a playwright, Ward is best known for his award-winning one-act plays Happy Ending and Day of Absence. Ward has also received two Drama Desk Awards and a Tony nomination for his acting performances. He is an inductee in the Theatre Hall of Fame.