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Florida's who's who in arts combine two ceremonies making history

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Last night's succesful combined arts celebration, sets new standards for arts in our nation. With Florida Theatre Chat reaching 7,0000 arts lovers, the fun in the sun arts destination proves once again to be the pioneers in arts, and not just for Florida but for the globe. If the arts are to thrive, we must join as "One United Nations of Arts Lovers". "Arts sets the standards of our society. These respected arts individuals prove to the globe, that we are not in a competition. If we join as one arts family, our global society will win." BroadwayGlobal.

"Combining The Silver Palm Awards with The Remy Awards proved to be history in the making. The pictures alone, of the who's who in the arts, are a shining example, that the arts are winning in Florida. You can be certain the nation and the globe are watching Florida. These respected arts individuals are the example for our nation and the globe." BroadwayGlobal. "My hope is that the Carbonell Awards will also see last nights event as an example, coming together as one arts community, will bring strenght to arts for artists and patrons." Richard Cameron.

The Silver Palm Theatre Awards committee, founded six years ago to honor theatrical excellence in South Florida, awards this 20 of the coveted awards on the 20th Anniversary of the South Florida Theatre League. "The Silver Palm Awards are presented annually to those who've made an outstanding or unique contribution to the South Florida Theatre season," explained Silver Palm Awards Chairman Tony Finstrom. "There are no nominees, no winners or losers, and no limit to the number of citations given in any 'category,' though there really are no official categories."

Finstrom (a playwright), Beacon TV talk show host Iris Acker, and South Florida International Press Club President and Florida Media News/ENV Magazine critic Ron Levitt compose the Silver Palm committee, which receives recommendations from South Florida journalists and theatre critics before the final list of recipients is determined.

This year’s Silver Palm Advisory Council consisted of Richard Cameron (Theatre Chat at examiner.com and www.BroadwayGlobal.org), Christine Dolen (The Miami Herald), Bill Hirschman (FloridaTheaterOnStage.com and FloridaWeekly.com), John Thomason (New Times, and Boca Raton Magazine), Skip Sheffield (Boca Raton Tribune, Atlantic Avenue Magazine, and L.A.’s Realize Magazine), John Lariviere (TalkinBroadway.com), J.W. Arnold (South Florida Gay News), Roger Martin (MiamiArtzine.com), Mary Damiano (BroadwayWorld.Com, FloridaTheater- OnStage.com and South Florida Gay News) and Michelle F. Solomon (MiamiArtzine.com and FloridaTheaterOn- Stage.com).

Silver Palm Awards have been presented to over 70 individuals and/or groups during the previous four theatre seasons, and the "2012-2013 Season" consisted of shows that opened between September 1st, 2012 and August 31st, 2013. For more information on South Florida's Silver Palm Theatre Awards, go to: www.silverpalmawards.com.

The 2012-2013 Silver Palm Award recipients, in alphabetical order, are:

Antonio Amadeo, for his outstanding work as producer, writer, director, designer and actor in “A Man Puts on a Play” at The Naked Stage.

Stephanie Ansin, for her outstanding creative staging and production of “Three Sisters” at the Miami Theatre Center.

Ann Kelly Anthony, for her outstanding hard work and commitment as Executive Director and Board Chairperson at the Mad Cat Theatre Company.

Andie Arthur, for six years of outstanding and dedicated work as the Executive Director of the South Florida Theatre League.

Matt Corey, for his outstanding Sound Design for ‘The Birds’ at Mosaic Theatre.

James Danford, for his outstanding Stage Management, working at various theaters (many of them in South Florida) for more than 30 years.

Christine Dolen, for 34 years of outstanding and distinguished theatrical criticism at The Miami Herald, and for her relentless commitment to the South Florida theater community.

Lela Elam, for her outstanding performance in “Ruined” at GableStage.

Patrick Fitzwater, for his outstanding direction and choreography of “Side Show” at Slow Burn Theatre.

Ethan Henry, for his outstanding performances in “A Raisin in the Sun” at Palm Beach Dramaworks, and in “King Headley II” at M Ensemble.

Andrew Kato, for his outstanding work as Producing Artistic Director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Jan McArt, for her outstanding effort to develop new plays by Florida Playwrights through staged workshops at her Lynn University New Play Reading Series.

Harriet Oser, for her outstanding performance in “Driving Miss Daisy” at The Plaza Theatre.

Skye Whitcomb and Outre Theatre, for emerging as the outstanding new professional company in South Florida this season.

Nicholas Richberg, for his outstanding performance in “Cock” at GableStage.

Erin Joy Schmidt, for her outstanding performances in “Blow Me” at Mad Cat Theatre, and in “Other Desert Cities” at Actors’ Playhouse.

Nicole Stodard, for producing consistent and outstanding presentations of daring and challenging works at Thinking Cap Theatre, and for her outstanding adaptation and production of “The Rover.”

• “Shorts Gone Wild,” awarded to John Manzelli of City Theatre and Andy Rogow of Island City Stage, for their co-production of the outstanding LGBT theater piece of the South Florida theater season.

Tom Wahl, for his outstanding performance in “I Am My Own Wife” at Zoetic Stage.

Mike Westrich, for his outstanding performance in “Tick, Tick Boom” at Outre Theatre.

The Remy Awards are named for Remberto Cabrera, the former Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs' Senior Cultural Administrator and Chief of Cultural Development. For his work in helping to create the Theatre League of South Florida, through his generous support and funding, he was presented with the first Remy Award. These awards, named in his honor, are given annually for outstanding service, and for pioneering, in South Florida regional theatre.

This year's Remy Awards recipients are:

The Pioneer Award: Adriana Perez, of Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs.

Outstanding Board Member: Alan Fein, of City Theatre, Miami.

Outstanding Contributor to Children’s Theatre: Rosalie Grant, of Sol Children’s Theatre.

Outstanding Contributor to Community Theatre: Dennis Lyzniak, of Main Street Players.

Service Award: WLRN public radio and television station.

Outstanding Behind the Scenes Contributor: photographer George Schiavone.

The combination of two respected award presentations (The Remy Awards, The Silver Palm Awards) at one event, make all these individuals "Arts Pioneers" not just for Florida Theatre, but for the globe. "When Florida Theatre Chat has close to 7,000 sharing arts daily, it's time to join as "One Arts Family", if theatre is to thrive in the fun in the sun arts destination! Once agian, Florida Arts leaders, and award winning Artists prove, if we join together, Artists will stay employed, and Patrons will be informed. " Theatre Chat. Join Florida Theatre Chat to share arts and stay informed. Find any of the 30 City/State Theatre Chat groups on Facebook at the Official Theatre Chat website, www.theatrechat.net. Networking for Arts begins with you!

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