United Solo Festival Concludes Fifth Anniversary Season with Awards Show

Jacob Coakley

The fifth annual United Solo Festival concluded Sunday, Nov. 23 with an awards show celebrating the 10 weeks of nearly 500 productions. Billy Crystal won a special award for his show 700 Sundays, and gave a video address at the ceremony where he credited solo performance as making him “a better actor, it made my discipline stronger.” Crystal’s video address, the full list of winners and information on how to apply for the 2015 Festival after the jump.

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In Memoriam: Mike Nichols (11/6/1931 - 11/17/2014)

Jacob Coakley

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, legendary director Mike Nichols died of cardiac arrest. Nichols was among the most celebrated people in the history of show business, one of only a handful of people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. Mike Nichols has won more Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play than any other individual. His six nods were for Barefoot in the Park (1964), Luv and The Odd Couple (1965), Plaza Suite (1968), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1972), The Real Thing (1984), and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (2012). He has also won in other categories for directing the musical Monty Python's Spamalot (2005), and for producing Annie (1977) and The Real Thing (1984) under the company he founded, Icarus Productions, making it a total of nine Tony Award wins. He also received eight additional nominations.

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National Directors Fellowship Launches at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Jacob Coakley

A joint endeavor between The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National New Play Network, and the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation, the National Directors Fellowship is a five-year initiative “that will fast-track the professional development of 25 early-career stage directors, continuing the advancement of new artists and new plays in America.”

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Berkeley Rep Launches Charles Dean Award

Jacob Coakley

The Charles Dean Award comes with a $10,000 cash prize endowed by the Robinson Family Fund for the Arts and will be administered by the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The award recognizes a Bay Area actor who has dedicated his or her career to Bay Area theatre. The inaugural award was presented to its namesake, Charles Dean at the inaugural Bay Area Theatre Awards.

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