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Culture notes: Honors for Georgia Shakespeare’s Richard Garner and Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center

Georgia Shakespeare’s Garner honored

Georgia Shakespeare’s Richard Garner was selected as one of five finalists for the Zelda Fichandler Award, recognizing an outstanding director or choreographer transforming the regional arts landscape.

“I am deeply honored to be acknowledged in this way for our work at Georgia Shakespeare, and am humbled to be included in this group of finalists whose work I truly respect,” Garner said in a statement. “Regional theaters are wholly reliant on the artists and patrons in their communities, and I thank the metro Atlanta area for its support in both areas. I share this honor with my community.”

The annual Fichandler award is being presented to Blanka Zizka, artistic director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, this evening in a public presentation at Arena Stage in Washington. Howard Shalwitz, artistic director, of Washington’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre was picked as Distinguished Finalist, and Garner was one of three finalists, along with Joseph Haj, artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, N.C.; and D. Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director of Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. HOWARD POUSNER

Young Audiences wins education award

Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center, a provider of in-school arts-in-education programming, has received the Georgia Art Education Association’s Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award for 2012. The award honors Young Audiences for its Arts for Learning Lessons program, a national, research-based, arts and literacy program. The program “impacts student achievement by developing their ability to learn and process information as they work back and forth between literacy tasks and all art forms,” according to a Young Audiences release. Information on the program: HOWARD POUSNER

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