Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Announces 2015 Collaboration Award Winners

New York, NY, October 08, 2015 --(PR.com)-- What: The Women in the Arts & Media’s Collaboration Awards winners have been announced.

Awarded by Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, the Collaboration Awards recognizes women in the arts and media who successfully collaborate across disciplines to create new and influential work. This is the fifth time the Collaboration Awards have been awarded.

Who: The 2015 winners are playwright TD Mitchell and director Sheryl Kaller.

TD Mitchell is an award winning writer based in Brooklyn. Her work as a playwright (Beyond the 17th Parallel), writer-producer for television (Army Wives), speechwriter (for International NGOs), short story writer (Verbal Supply Company) and currently, author of a nonfiction book (a biography, in progress) proves her passion for storytelling crosses forms and formats.

Sheryl Kaller just directed “While I Yet Live” by Billy Porter at Primary Stages and Terence McNally’s Tony nominated Broadway play, “Mothers And Sons,” starring Tyne Daly. Ms. Kaller received a Tony Nomination for Best Director for the Broadway production of “Next Fall” by Geoffrey Nauffts. She has directed at many major theatres.

The Honored Finalists are:
· “Every Fold Matters” (playwright Lizzie Olesker and performance artist Lynne Sachs)
· “South Street Annie” (director Elyse S. Singer and playwright Carson Kreitzer)
· “Yellow Card Red Card” (playwright Melisa Tien and director Tamilla Woodard)

The Finalists are:
· “Art Takes Seoul” (artist Mira Gandy and performance artist Ahrum Claiborne)
· “The Loneliest Whale” (filmmaker Lillian Mehrel and actress Gabriele Schafer)
· “St. Joan” (playwright Julia Pascal and director Katrin Hilbe)
· “Still Will Be Heard” (songwriter/singer Liz Queler and director Mindy Cooper)

These artists represent many of the Coalition’s member organizations and affiliate organizations: AEA, 802 AFM, DG, ICWP, LPTW, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, WBW, WGAE, WIM, WMC, and WMM.*

The Collaboration Award Gala will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2014 at 6:00p.m.

SVA Beatrice Theater, 230 West 23rd Street, New York City

A limited number of tickets will be made available to the public as soon as the speakers and special guests are announced.

The Collaboration Awards encourages professional women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of new work. The award recognizes the best of these collaborations. Awarded every second year, the Collaboration Award goes to one winning project (and its two creators)This year there are also three Honored Finalist projects and teams, and four additional Finalist projects and creator teams. 2015 marks the fifth time these awards have been given. The Collaborative Awards Gala is a celebration of the awards and an evening to enable the public to meet and hear from the award-winning teams, learn about their collaborations, and hear from industry-leading women about important contributions women are making in the many disciplines of the performing arts.

The 2015 Collaboration Award winning play – Queens for a Year - addresses critical questions about women in the military through a beautiful study of three generations of a family: does a woman have to sacrifice what is female and assume a male attitude to succeed in a male-dominated warrior culture? Is there any “good” place for women trained in combat, in violence, in war, within our society? Is it moral to put women into a career where the greatest danger is from her fellow (male) coworkers, rather than “the enemy”? At what price do we put women into a subculture whose language denigrates anything female? And what about women’s unsung role as the clean-up crew for men harmed in war?

About Women in the Arts & Media Coalition
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, a non-profit organization, represents more than 100,000 women and men in the performing arts and media through its member organizations and affiliates. The Coalition focuses the power of its member organizations and their memberships together and uses the combined strength to address issues of concern through advocacy, networking and educational events.

*Member organizations are: Actors' Equity Association (AEA), Associated Musicians of Greater N.Y. Local 802 AFM (802 AFM), Dramatists Guild (DG), League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), SAG-AFTRA, Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), N.Y. Women in Communications (NYWICI), N.Y. Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Affiliates are: WomenArts (WA), Women in Music (WIM), Women Make Movies (WMM), Works by Women (WBW), Women's Media Center (WMC), Dancers Over Forty (DO40), Drama Desk (DD), International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP), The Lambs, L.A. Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI), Professional Women Singers Association (PWSA), the Rehearsal Club (RC), and 365 Women a Year (365).

For more information on Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, visit www.womenartsmediacoalition.org.

Aimee Kessler Evans
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition
Aimee Kessler Evans