Miranda Wright, a Los Angeles-based producer of new experimental theatre and Executive Director of Los Angeles Performance Practice, has been selected as the recipient of Center Theatre Group’s 2014 Richard E. Sherwood Award.
Created in memory of Richard E. Sherwood, the $10,000 award provides financial support for innovative and adventurous emerging theatre artists living and working in Los Angeles. Beyond financial support, Center Theatre Group will also learn about Wright’s artistic vision and introduce her to other artists and theatre leaders close to the company.
“We are pleased to support Miranda as she continues to nurture and support Los Angeles-based theatre artists by producing and presenting their experimental works,” said Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. “The Sherwood Award nourishes the work of artists who push boundaries, and Miranda’s incredibly innovative style of producing fits beautifully with the goal of the award.”
“The primary goal of my producing practice involves building a sustainable infrastructure that will allow Los Angeles-based theatre artists to create new work that is current and relevant, and perform this work in the city where they live,” Wright states. “As I work toward creating more opportunities for innovative work to show at a larger scale in Los Angeles, I hope to create space for a cross-pollination of audiences and provide theater, art, film, and music crowds with new experiences that fuse genres together with surprisingly relevant stories.”
Since 1996, the Sherwood Award has met a vital need in the theatre landscape. “If we are to have a dynamic theatre expressing the world of the 21st century, we must recognize and nourish the explorative artist, particularly in the struggle of the early years of a career,” said Dorothy Sherwood, wife of Richard E. Sherwood.
Richard E. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for emerging artists who are in the vanguard of theatre. He was president and then chairman of the CTG Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award is established as an endowed fund at CTG by his family, friends, colleagues and fellow board members, to honor Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre.
The Sherwood Award was presented to Wright at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance on November 3, 2013.