Dr Vartan Gregorian Honored with Piscator Award

Dr Vartan Gregorian Honored with Piscator Award

By MassisPost
Updated: April 2, 2014

NEW YORK — Dr Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation, is
awarded the Honorary Erwin Piscator Award 2014 in memory of Maria Ley
Piscator. This honor recognizes Dr. Gregorian as an outstanding
supporter of the performing arts and “for his extraordinary
contributions to education, culture and arts in the United States,
from his time at the University of Pennsylvania, to his legendary
tenure at the helm of New York Public Library, his presidency at Brown
University, and currently his position as President of Carnegie
Corporation of New York.” The second honoree was Broadway director and
producer Harold (Hal) Prince who received the 27th Annual Piscator
Award for his outstanding contributions to American theater and
musical theater over the past six decades.

The award ceremony held on March 25, 2014 at the Lotos Club in
Manhattan, was presented by the performing arts nonprofit,
“Elysium–Between Two Continents.” The organization’s goal is to foster
“artistic and academic dialogue, creative and educational exchange,
and mutual friendship between the USA and Europe, especially the
German-speaking countries, through theatre plays, operas, concerts,
lectures, and exhibitions.”

The award was created by the Elyseum’s founder and artistic director,
Gregorij H. von Leïtis. In 1985, he instituted the award to honor
Piscator’s artistic and humanitarian legacy and his lasting influence
on theatre on both sides of the Atlantic. In particular, the German
theater director and producer’s development of “political theater, a
forum for the individual’s ability to effect change.”

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress


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