(Rochester, NY) – At its annual Spring Road Conference for Touring Broadway in NYC last night, The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry, honored the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s (RBTL’s) Director of Education and Community Engagement, Bob Sagan with the 2014 Touring Broadway Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education and Engagement. The inaugural award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated quantitatively successful results related to Education and Community Engagement in the Touring Broadway community.
League Road members and affiliate Press Agents were invited to nominate one industry professional who they think best exemplifies this trait, taking into consideration the nominee’s education and community engagement goals and his/her success in meeting those goals. After reviewing Mr. Sagan’s achievements over his 17-year career at RBTL, especially over the past year, Bob was selected as the recipient of the award.
"I am very honored to be the first recipient of this national award” Bob said last evening. “To be recognized for something I have so much passion for and care so much about makes it that much more special."
For Bob Sagan, 2014 marks an amazing milestone year, as he has now officially reached his 50th year as an educator. The first 34 of those years were spent in the high school classroom as a dedicated teacher of English, as well as Drama and Artistic Director for 85 major productions. Upon his ‘retirement’ Bob began his second career as Director of Education and Community Engagement for RBTL, a role he was uniquely well prepared for.
Through Bob, RBTL has developed 11 nationally recognized, award-winning education programs over the past 17 years. From Middle School Program, Theatre Team, Stars of Tomorrow and Summer Stars, to NYC Bound NHSMTA, Master Classes and more, RBTL’s education programs reach a variety of areas of student and their families. In the 2013-2014 Season alone, 1500 middle school students participated in programs based on the themes in War Horse and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. 500 High School students participated in an 8-week program surrounding Sister Act the Musical. And, nearly 100 middle school students participated in a year-long program with The Phantom of the Opera which connected them via social media platforms to a member of the touring production. All combined more than 5000 Rochester City and surrounding area students participated in one or more of RBTL’s education programs.
Bob continually launches fresh ideas and initiatives. RBTL is proud of and grateful to him for his motivation, enthusiasm for education and his love of theater. We congratulate him on this national award and his many achievements over the years. To learn more about RBTL’s arts education programs, visit www.rbtl.org.
Albert Nocciolino - RBTL Partner & Presenter, President of NAC Entertainment
Bob Sagan - RBTL Director of Education and Community Engagement
Rachel E. Reiner - Senior Manager of Membership Services & Education Programs at The Broadway League Inc.
About The Broadway League: The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. - See more at: http://www.broadway.org/news/index
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