ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

Schenkkan Heads to Summit Theater Festival

Robert Schenkkan will be attending Denver Theater's 2015 Summit Theater Festival, February 20-22. Hope to see you there!

Christina Sajous & More Join Cast of DCPA's THE 12; Full Company Announced!

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has announced the full casting for the Theatre Company's world premiere of The 12,a brand new rock musical with book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan (All The Way) and music and lyrics by Neil Berg (Grumpy Old Men). To read more, click here.

LBJ RETURNS TO WASHINGTON, D.C.!

Artistic Director Molly Smith has announced the 2015/16 season lineup for the 66th season at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. To read more click here.

Berlin: Lionsgate in Final Talks for Mel Gibson's 'Hacksaw Ridge'

"Lionsgate is in final talks for North American rights to Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II drama starring Andrew Garfield and returning Mel Gibson to the director's chair for the first time since Apocalypto in 2006." to read more, click here.

DALLAS THEATER ANNOUNCES ALL THE WAY FOR 2015/16 SEASON!

"Dallas Theater Center's 2015-2016 subscription season includes the hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls; Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and JulietAll the Way, the Tony Award®-winning Best Play about President Lyndon Baines Johnson, produced in collaboration with Houston’s Alley Theatre." To read more, click here.

Alley Theatre to Present ALL THE WAY as Part of First Season at New Venue

As part of the Alley Theatre's inaugural season in its renovated downtown building, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan's All The Way, a co-production with Dallas Theatre Center, will be performed in the new Hubbard Theatre. Members of the Alley's Resident Company will join with members of the Dallas Theater Center to create this monumental play about Lyndon B. Johnson's early days in office, rehearsing and performing in Houston in January 2016 and travelling to Dallas for a second run in March 2016. To read more, click here.

Alley to present Tony-winning LBJ drama 'All the Way'

"All the Way," Robert Schenkkan's Tony-winning drama depicting the tumultuous first year of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency, will make its regional premiere in January as part of the Alley Theatre's inaugural season in its renovated downtown building. To read more click here.

Schenkkan delivers keynote address at Seattle7Writers Event

On Saturday, February 7, Robert Schenkkan will deliver the keynote address at the Seattle7 Writers WRITE HERE/WRITE NOW event and be coaching one on one. For registration information click here.

SCHENKKAN WINS SPECIAL GYPSY ROSE LEE AWARD

Seattle Theater Writers Critics Circle are proud to announce a Special Award of Recognition for Mr. Robert Schenkkan for Excellence in Playwriting for his exceptional history of Lyndon Baines Johnson, in his two plays, All the Way and The Great Society, presented at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Mr. Schenkkan's work has already won a Tony Award among other recognition and we are proud to be able to call him "ours" and to acknowledge his work and the work of all those at Seattle Repertory Theatre and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in producing this epic work.

SCHENKKAN IS AMONG 2015 TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS HONOREES

Biennial Statewide Awards to Celebrate Texas Legends and Rising Stars Across the Arts

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 14, 2015) – At a special luncheon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington today, the Texas Cultural Trust unveiled the honorees for the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) taking place on Wednesday, February 25 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin. The Texas Medal of Arts Awards, presented by AT&T, will honor amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world. This biennial event celebrates the state’s legendary artists, entertainers, and arts patrons with a series of events, including red-carpet arrivals, a star-studded awards show with special musical performances, and a gala dinner. The evening will spotlight Texas’ best talent in music, film, dance, visual arts, corporate and individual arts patronage, multi-media, television, architecture, theatre, arts education, literary arts, and lifetime achievement. This year, fifteen honorees will join the prestigious list of award recipients including Tony, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Academy Award winners.     

In its eighth biennial year, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards have spotlighted and celebrated eighty-three Texas leaders and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages. As the signature event for the Texas Cultural Trust, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards highlights and promotes the power of the arts to stimulate children’s education and the state’s economy and to preserve the unique and proud Texas culture. 

The Texas Cultural Trust is excited to present the honorees for the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Honorees including the following:

·         Music:T Bone Burnett, Fort Worth, TX

·         Film:Jamie Foxx, Terrell, TX

·         Dance: Kilgore Rangerettes, Kilgore, TX

·         Visual Arts: Rick Lowe, Houston, TX

·         Corporate Arts Patron: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, TX

·         Individual Arts Patron: Margaret McDermott, Dallas, TX

·         Multi-Media: Emilio Nicolas, San Antonio, TX

·         Television:Dan Rather, Wharton, TX; Chandra Wilson, Houston, TX

·         Architecture:Charles Renfro, Houston, TX

·         Theatre: Robert Schenkkan, Austin, TX

·         Arts Education: Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX

·         Literary Arts: Lawrence Wright, Austin, TX

·         Standing Ovation Award: Ruth Altshuler, Dallas, TX

 Lifetime Achievement Award:The Gatlin Brothers, Seminole, TX

“The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those whose artistic talent and generous philanthropy have illuminated the vibrant artistic culture of our state,” said Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director Jennifer Ransom Rice. “People from all over Texas and from all types of creative expression are honored and celebrated as we raise awareness about the importance of the arts with the hope of continuing and expanding it for future generations to appreciate, embrace, and enjoy. The arts preserve our cultural heritage and tell the story of our society. This event honors those artists who capture a moment in time through their creativity.”

This year’s event is co-chaired by Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson, 2013 honorees as Individual Arts Patrons. Ms. Jones and Ms. Anderson are lifelong philanthropists, and this mother-daughter duo works through the Gene and Jerry Jones Foundation to serve charitable causes throughout Texas. Both women established an arts council and designed the Dallas Cowboys Stadium interiors in Arlington, Texas, creating a unique building reflecting both the state and the legendary football program. The Jones family carefully curated the world-class collection of Art at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium as a gift to the North Texas community and to all people who appreciate great achievements, whether sporting or artistic. Honorary co-chairs include the Honorable and Mrs. Greg Abbott, the Honorable and Mrs. Dan Patrick, and Speaker and Mrs. Joe Straus.

“Charlotte and I are so proud to have the opportunity to be involved in the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards, and we look forward to an outstanding presentation of the honorees in Austin,” said Gene Jones. “Recognizing those Texans who have helped shape our society’s culture, through the arts, is a very significant responsibility. It is something that we embrace, and we feel great appreciation for everyone who has supported this event in the past and will be a part of this year’s TMAAs.  It’s going to be a wonderful event that we know will benefit the great works of the Texas Cultural Trust.”

The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes legendary artists, entertainers, and arts patrons during a series of events held in Austin, Texas, beginning on Tuesday, February 24th with a VIP Legislative Reception and Dinner presented by General Motors. The dinner will showcase the best of Texas culinary arts with courses prepared and presented by three top chefs from across the state.

The festivities on Wednesday, February 25 begin with the Stars of Texas Brunch at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by First Lady-to-be Cecilia Abbott and culminate with the Texas Medal of Arts Awards at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The Awards begin with a Red Carpet Reception presented by Anheuser Busch at 5:30 p.m., followed by the award show at 7:00 p.m., led by emcees Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, renowned anchors of FOX’s No. 1 NFL broadcast team. Special performances and presentations include previous Texas Medal of Arts honorees Ray Benson, Steve Miller, and Laura Bush and current honorees Jaime Foxx, the Gatlin Brothers, and the Kilgore Rangerettes. The evening will come to a memorable end with a Gala Dinner at 8:30 p.m., where guests will sit alongside Texas arts, business, legislative, and entertainment notables. 

The Awards have celebrated various influential and talented honorees including ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Tommy Lee Jones, Eva Longoria, Betty Buckley, Bob Schieffer, Laura W. Bush, Debbie Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Nancy B. Hamon, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Rauschenberg, Clint Black, Anheuser Busch Companies, Lyle Lovett, Texas Monthly, Neiman Marcus, and Exxon Mobil, among others.

 

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