3 NWSA alumni honored with Silver Palm Awards

By Maria M. Flores….

Jackie Rivera

The Silver Palm Awards committee, founded three years ago to honor theatrical excellence in South Florida, recently announced this year’s recipients of the coveted recognition, among which feature three New World School of the Arts (NWSA) college theater alumni.

And the 2009-10 Silver Palm Awards go to NWSA alumni:

Jackie Rivera (BFA 2009), for her Outstanding New Talent, for her performance in Speech and Debate at GableStage;

David Helphill (BFA 2009), for his Outstanding Performances in Equus at New Theatre, The Glass Menagerie at Broward Stage Door, Macon City at Naked Stage, Farragut North at GableStage and Summer Shorts/ Undershorts at City Theatre, and

Nick Duckart (BFA 2009), for his Outstanding Performances in Farragut North at GableStage, Why Torture is Wrong at Mosaic Theatre, Dr. Radio at Florida Stage, Secret Order at Caldwell Theatre and The Glass Menagerie at Broward Stage Door.

The awards presentation were scheduled at the Theatre League Festival’s closing party, a major red-carpet event filled with stage celebrities, on Monday, Oct. 25, at The Green Room in Fort Lauderdale.

Past categories of the Silver Palm Awards include: Outstanding Performances, Outstanding New Talent, Outstanding New Emerging Theatre Company, Outstanding Producer, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Support of the South Florida Theatre Community, Outstanding New Work/ Playwright, Outstanding Ensemble of Actors, Outstanding Sustained Excellent Work in South Florida Theatre, and Outstanding Stage Manager & Crew.

For more information about the theater program at NWSA, call 305-237- 3541 or visit online at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.

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