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Lia Chang Multimedia: New Federal Theatre Founder and Director Woodie King Jr., receives Award for Community Service in Communication Arts from Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications

In recognition of New Federal Theatre Founder and Director Woodie King, Jr.’s community service in film and the dramatic arts, the theater legend received an Award for Community Service in Communication Arts from Howard University's John H. Johnson School of Communications. The award was presented to him by Jeff Burns, Jr. who serves as Vice Chair of the school's Board of Visitors at the opening night of The River Crosses Rivers at Castillo Theatre on October 8, 2009. © Lia Chang

In recognition of New Federal Theatre Founder and Director Woodie King, Jr.’s community service in film and the dramatic arts, the theater legend received an Award for Community Service in Communication Arts from Howard University's John H. Johnson School of Communications. The award was presented to him by Jeff Burns, Jr. who serves as Vice Chair of the school's Board of Visitors at the opening night of The River Crosses Rivers at Castillo Theatre on October 8, 2009. © Lia Chang

This year, New Federal Theatre Founder and Director Woodie King Jr. celebrates the 40th Anniversity of his famous community theatre. In recognition of his community service in film and the dramatic arts he recently received an Award for Community Service in Communication Arts from Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications.

The award was presented to him by Jeff Burns, Jr. who serves as Vice Chair of the school’s Board of Visitors, on October 8, at the opening night party of The River Crosses Rivers, an evening of short plays by women of color, currently in production at Castillo Theatre in New York through November 1, 2009.

Mr. King also partnered with the university in hosting a film festival tribute to the legendary Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee this past summer in Harlem.

Woodie King,Jr.’s New Federal Theatre has presented over 200 productions in its 40-year history. Mr. King has produced and directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Regional theatres, and in universities across the United States. He co-produced For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (first produced by NFT and Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre), What The Wine Sellers Buy, Reggae and The Taking of Miss Janie (Drama Critics Circle Award).

In August, the theatre legend was the recipient of the Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC.

At the AUDELCO Awards on November 16, New Federal Theatre will be among nine Outstanding Pioneer Theatre Companies 35+ years to receive “The VIV” 2009 Annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Awards.


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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

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