UVU’s Chris Clark To Receive Theater Education Award At Utah Repertory Theater Company Gala
November 14, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Traci Hainsworth
The chair of Utah Valley University’s Department of Theatrical Arts For Stage & Screen, Chris Clark, will be honored at Utah Repertory Theater Company’s Gala!, an evening of entertainment and celebration. Utah Rep will present Clark with the Theater Educator Award to recognize “the passion he has to see his students succeed,” said Gala! organizer Ashley Ramsey, assistant director of development for the company.
“Chris Clark is one of those professors who teaches because it is what he wants to do,” Ramsey added. “So many of us in the Utah Rep family have had Chris as a teacher at some point, and he has positively touched all of our lives working with him.”
“Because of teachers like Chris, theater will continue to get better and better,” she continued.
The popular local director was recently recognized by the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for UVU’s production of “Vincent in Brixton.”
The theme of the gala is “Wanted! Dead or Alive,” following the company’s season-opener, “Bonnie & Clyde,” which will be a Utah premiere. The theme recognizes that Utah Rep is “a bit of a rebel in the theater community,” Ramsey said. “The company is producing different shows than any other theater in Utah, and we are very passionate about these great, forgotten or ignored shows.”
Utah Rep’s Gala! will be held at Utah Arts Alliance (663 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT) on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., which will allow guests to tour the Cube Theater, which is being renovated by the Utah Arts Alliance as Utah Rep’s resident theater.
Hosting the fundraising event for the nonprofit Utah Rep is Bethany R. Woodruff, the Internet sensation known as “The Poo-Pourri Girl,” and Christian Busath, who performed the comic role of William Barfee in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” national tour.
During the evening, the company will announce its 2014 season of productions.
“We want to celebrate a wonderful year of theater — and raise funds for another,” Ramsey said. “We have been so blessed at Utah Rep with the level of talent that has been in our shows. This is our way to showcase these talented performers and entertain the Gala! audience.”
Utah Rep’s inaugural season featured three state premieres, including “Side Show” and “Carousel,” the first Utah production in more than 10 years of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.
Gala! tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults and may be purchased at UtahRep.org or at the door.