EMU's Stevens recognized for threatre contribution
YPSILANTI – Ken Stevens, director of theatre and professor of communication and theatre arts at Eastern Michigan University, is the recipient of the first E. Ray Scott Michigan Artist Award. Stevens will receive the award and a monetary gift Oct. 20 at the Detroit Athletic Club. He also will receive a special recognition at the Governor’s Arts Awards Nov. 19 at The Henry Ford.
The award is presented by ArtServe Michigan and honors the first director of the Michigan Council for the Arts. It is given to artists who have demonstrated an enduring commitment to technical and creative ingenuity; produced a distinguished body of work; earned a reputation for excellence and expertise among their peers; and contributed significantly to cultural life in Michigan.
“I am terribly honored because E. Ray was one of the first people who helped me when I arrived in Michigan from Cincinnati in 1972. I find this award personally rewarding,” said Stevens.
Stevens, of Grass Lake, is the adviser for the EMU arts management curriculum and the musical theatre minor. Over the past three decades, he has directed and produced at such theatres as the Cherry County Playhouse in Traverse City, the Red Barn Theatre in Saugatuck, Tidbit’s Opera House in Coldwater, The Actor’s Renaissance and the Attic Theatres in Detroit, and the Actor’s Repertory Theatre in Las Vegas.
Stevens is president of the Michigan Legacy Art Park, a wilderness sculpture in Thompsonville, Mich.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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