Monday, April 22, 2013

Active Theater Announces 2013 Active Arts Award Honoree

The Active Theater announced today that it will award The Active Arts Award to Terry Schreiber, who founded T. Schreiber Studio in 1969, at its 2013 Spring Benefit on April 22, 2013 at 2nd Floor on Clinton (67 Clinton Street, between Rivington and Stanton).

The Active Arts Award honors exemplary achievement in the theater arts as well as a commitment to and support of emerging artists and theater companies. The recipient is determined through a nominating process that includes The Active Theater staff, board of trustees and respected collaborators. Schreiber joins a distinguished roster of previous awardees, including Estelle Parsons and Austin Pendleton.

Featured in Eva Mekler's The New Generation of Acting Teachers, Terry Schreiber has been teaching and directing for 44 years. He is the artistic director of T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre. The Office of the Mayor of the City of New York has declared, "T. Schreiber Studio's commitment to the theater arts has made it one of the foremost professional theater studios and helped make New York Theater Capitol of the World." The company is known for its award-winning productions, including the 2011 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production (Lanford Wilson's Balm In Gilead), as well as its esteemed alumni, including Edward Norton, Maria Bello, Peter Sarsgaard, Debra Jo Rupp, Annabella Sciorra, and Julie Halston, to name a few.

Another former student -- Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Golden Boy, Les Miserables) -- will present the award to Schreiber.

Artistic Director Nathaniel Shaw is thrilled to honor his former acting teacher. He says, "It is a huge honor to present Terry Schreiber with The Active Arts Award this year. He was my acting teacher, as well as several others in the Active family. As a teacher, he has made a mark on the theatre and film landscape that is second to none. As an Artistic Director, he has kept a candle burning bright throughout New York City for decades. He is a true treasure in our industry."

The evening will include a silent auction, delicious hors d'oeuvres and spirits. Tickets to the benefit are $100 in advance or $125 at the door. They may be purchased online at

The Active Theater, now in its fifth season, has developed a reputation for producing and developing thought provoking, contemporary American plays. Broadway World announced that "For a company that fills the role of the 'new kid' on the Indie Theatre scene,The Active Theater may move to the head of the class very quickly." Active's critically acclaimed production history includes Lee Blessing's Two Rooms, Toni Press Coffman's Touch, New York Premieres of William Donnelly's Magnetic North and Tony Dodge's Venus Flytrap, and two World Premieres developed by the company- Jennie Contuzzi's Body Language and Matthew Keuter's Bridgeboy. First New York Revivals include Romance Romance and Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour, which garnered an Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Best Revival. In the 2012-2013 season, to better honor their mission and commitment to emerging artists, Active shifted their focus from production to play development, creating an innovative program in which Active dedicates an entire season to the development of each play selected.