Kosoff Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

May 04, 2012

Wheelock professor Susan KosoffUrban College of Boston presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Susan Kosoff at its Annual Early Childhood Education Awards ceremony. Kosoff is a Wheelock College professor of theater and education and co-founder of the Wheelock Family Theatre. Urban College noted the Wheelock Family Theatre's pioneering work in nontraditional casting and its commitment to making professional theater experiences accessible to all segments of the population.

Kosoff, who is retiring from Wheelock this spring, has an extensive background in educational and theatrical consulting and has worked with young people and adults in a variety of capacities for over 40 years.

A published playwright and author, her work has been performed on stages around the country. Her recent 10-minute play Waiting for Gretchen appears in the Boston Theater Marathon XI 2009 Anthology. Other writing for the theater includes The Young Actor's Book of Improvisation, A Little Princess, Let There Be Light, O Happy Day, and The Beanstalk, the Giant, and Jack.

Kosoff serves on the board of StageSource, New England's alliance for theater artists and producers.

Wheelock Family Theatre

Wheelock Family Theatre has been the 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.

The theatre was founded in 1981 by Andrea Genser, Anthony Hancock, Susan Kosoff, and Jane Staab with the endorsement and support of the Wheelock College President, Gordon Marshall. In the years since its founding the theatre has staged more than 80 mainstage productions—from classic children's shows like Charlotte's Web or Pippi Longstocking, to family-friendly musicals like Peter Pan and The Sound of Music, to thought-provoking dramas like To Kill a Mockingbird that deal with issues of interest and concern to young people. According to the Boston Business Journal, Wheelock Family Theatre is the fourth largest theater company in Boston, ranked by attendance.

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