Jeanne Honored with Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to LA Theater at Playwrights’ Arena 2016 HOT NIGHT Gala

Jeanne Honored with Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to LA Theater at Playwrights’ Arena 2016 HOT NIGHT Gala
Jeanne receives Lee Melville Award from Los Angeles' Luis Alfaro

Jeanne receives 2016 Lee Melville Award from Los Angeles’ Luis Alfaro

What an incredible night, and what a gift to receive a 2016 Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to Los Angeles Theater from Playwrights’ Arena, and Jon Lawrence Rivera, one of LA’s hardest-working and prolific artistic directors.  And not only THAT, but to have the honor of being introduced by one of my very favorite people on the planet, playwright/performer/professor of theatre Luis Alfaro.  And not only THAT, but to receive this honor alongside my friend Michael Shepperd, actor extraordinaire and Artistic Director of the Celebration Theatre, as well as Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, recipient of the Playwrights’ Arena Community Partner Award, as well as a staunch supporter of LA theater.

To look around the theater at LA’s historic Barnsdall Park and see so many dear friends, family members, mentors, colleagues — all who have tirelessly and generously supported my career as an actor and playwright over the last 30 years — was something I’ll never forget.  Deepest gratitude, and love, to all of you for your unfailing support and Jon Rivera, thank you for one of the most special nights of my life.

 

 

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