Court Theatre's Charles Newell receives Fichandler Award
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation named Court Theatre artistic director Charles Newell the recipient of its 2013 Zelda Fichandler Award in an announcement this afternoon. The honor, which comes with a $5000 prize, "recognizes an outstanding director or choreographer who is transforming the regional arts landscape through singular creativity and artistry in theater," according to a statement. Newell will be presented with the award at a November 4 reception at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park.
Newell has served as artistic director of Hyde Park's Court Theatre since 1994. The award's namesake, Zelda Fichandler, is the founder of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage and was a key figure in the nascent regional theater movement. The selection committee for this year's award, chaired by Victory Gardens Theater artistic director Chay Yew, focused on candidates from the central U.S.; the committee also named four finalists, including Peter Brosius of Minneapolis, Jeff Church of Kansas City, Rebecca Holderness of Milwaukee, and Chicago's Kimberly Senior.