Wheelock Family Theatre Wins Bridge Award

May 22, 2014

Wheelock Family Theatre AwardThe Wheelock Family Theatre received the Bridge Award from the Oscar Micheaux Family Theater at the National Center for Afro American Artists for its leadership in access and inclusion and dedication to improving the lives of urban youth and families. The Bridge Award recognizes the Education of Youth in the Theatre Arts and acknowledges commitment, dedication in building bridges based on Arts/Education that impacts cultural values and community development.

Elbert Joseph, who grew up acting in the Wheelock Family Theatre, accepted the Bridge Award on the Theatre's behalf. Joseph gave a speech in which he credited Wheelock Family Theatre for its diversity and inclusion of actors of all ages, races, classes, and range of physical abilities, "I've had people tell me, "You're an amazing performer", "You have changed my perception of certain things," and "You're a role model for the community". It's all because Wheelock Family Theatre welcomed me into their community. They changed how I viewed myself. Wheelock Family Theatre transforms lives. Live theatre transforms lives!"

Wheelock Family Theatre is Greater Boston area's premier theatre company serving children and families, with professional, affordable theatre that appeals to people of all ages. The Theatre realizes the mission of Wheelock College to improve the lives of children and families; its commitment to making theatre accessible to people from all the diverse communities of the Boston area has won recognition and awards at both the local and national level.

Pictured: Wendy Lement (Producer of Wheelock Family Theatre) and Elbert Joseph (Actor of Wheelock Family Theatre) display the Bridge Award that was awarded to the Wheelock Family Theater on May 17, 2014

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