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Lia Chang: Christine Lin, Henry Godinez and Liz Griffiths to Receive Halcyon Theatre’s 2013 Iris Awards

Halcyon Theatre will honor Christine Lin, Henry Godinez and Liz Griffiths as this year’s recipients of The Iris Award for connecting Chicago’s communities and arts, at Night of Flight, Halcyon Theatre’s first major fundraiser on Friday, March 8th, 2013, at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood in Chicago, Il.
The night’s festivities which also includes dinner, and open bar and dancing, kick off at 7pm. Come and learn about the theatre’s Taking Wing Visionary Projects, talk to the artists about their ideas and works and help turn visions into reality. Individual tickets to the event are $50 and raffle tickets are $10.00. Both event and raffle tickets and can be purchased on line at Raffle prizes include fantastic seats to the Bulls vs. Pistons, Blackhawks vs. Calgary, and The Lyric Opera; a Richard Petty NASCAR driving experience; or a dining extravaganza at Morton’s Steak House and Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. You do not need to be present to win a raffle prize.

About Halcyon:
Based in Chicago, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform our borders and ascend toward a more just union. Halcyon Theatre’s mission has been committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago; presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, as well as recasting classic works to showcase their contemporary relevance.

The company strives to make incredible theatre from stories around the world, to help show our world in new ways, and rediscover the individual beauty of people from our global community. Our artistic philosophy is driven by our continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have intersected and informed each other. If every artist working with an organization looks and thinks the same, it is difficult for them to grow. A homogeneous group produces homogeneous art. Striving for artistic excellence with artists of varied cultural backgrounds and training is at the forefront of everything we do.

Christine Lin
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Christine Lin is an actor, improvisor and engineering consultant based in New York City. Ms. Lin made her Broadway debut as Miss Zhao in David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish after its world premiere at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. Ms. Lin is a company and board member of Halcyon Theatre where she performed in Halcyon’s productions of Caridad Svich’s Iphigenia…(a rave fable), Tony Adam’s Trickster, and Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Christine also directed Astrid Saalbach’s The Blessed Child in 2009’s Alcyone Festival. Other regional credits include Dewdrop in Qui Nguyen’s Soul Samurai (InFusion Theatre), Miyoko in Braden LuBell’s Days of Late (SiNNERMAN Ensemble), Cinderella in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (PM&L Theatre), understudying Bea in Naomi Iizuka’s Ghostwritten (Goodman Theatre), and The Chinese Woman in a staged reading of Lauren Yee’s Ching Chong Chinaman (Silk Road Rising). She is also an alum of Asian-American sketch comedy group Stir-Friday Night! and wrote and performed in three reviews: Bubble Tea Party!, Rock Out With Your Wok Out!, and Horry Kow, That’s Lacist! On screen, Ms. Lin has been featured on “Gossip Girl,” NBC’s “Deception,” indie dramas Big Words and Blowtorch, and as Pimp Lucius’ blind escort in R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” series. Training: Steppenwolf West ensemble intensive, Upright Citizens Brigade (New York), Second City Training Center Improv Conservatory (Chicago), and Duke University – BSE degree in electrical and biomedical engineering.

Henry Godinez
Henry Godinez is the resident artistic associate at Goodman Theatre and the curator of the Latino Theatre Festival. Most recently at the Goodman, he directed Karen Zacarías’ The Sins of Sor Juana as part of the fifth Latino Theatre Festival in 2010. His other Goodman directing credits include José Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted, as well as its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre. Other world premieres at the Goodman include Karen Zacarías’ Mariela in the Desert, Regina Taylor’s Millennium Mambo and Luis Alfaro’s Straight as a Line. Also at the Goodman: The Cook by Eduardo Machado, Electricidad by Luis Alfaro, Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez, Red Cross by Sam Shepard (in Regina Taylor’s Transformations), the Goodman/Teatro Vista co-production of José Rivera’s Cloud Tectonics and the 1996–2001 productions of A Christmas Carol. Mr. Godinez’s other Chicago credits include A Year with Frog and Toad and Esperanza Rising for Chicago Children’s Theatre, Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano (Apple Tree Theatre/Teatro Vista co-production) and Anna in the Tropics for Victory Gardens Theater. Mr. Godinez is the co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista, where he directed Broken Eggs, El Paso Blue, Journey of the Sparrows, Santos & Santos and The Crossing. His other directing credits include work at Portland Center Stage, Signature Theatre Company in New York City, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and several seasons of Stories on Stage for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. As an actor, Mr. Godinez appeared most recently in the Goodman/Teatro Vista world premiere of José Rivera’s Massacre (Sing to Your Children) and on TV in “The Beast,” “The Chicago Code” and in a recurring role on “Boss.” Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Godinez is an associate professor at Northwestern University and has served as a site evaluator and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Illinois Arts Council and the Evanston Arts Council. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Arts Council and Albany Park Theatre Project. Mr. Godinez is the recipient of the 1999 TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and was honored as the 2008 Latino Professional of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network.

Liz Griffiths
Liz is immediate past Director of North River Commission’s (NRC) two economic development affiliates, the Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation (LADCOR) and the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce. LADCOR is one of the nations preeminent and oldest community based economic development corporations. LADCOR/NRC is responsible for more than $300 million in neighborhood investment resulting in the creation or retention of more than 4,000 jobs. She simultaneously served as the Director of the Albany Park chamber of Commerce where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 150 member Chamber, coordinating all neighborhood marketing efforts, tours, business attraction and retention, member events and business technical assistance. She worked with small businesses, property owners, developers, real estate agents, residents and public officials to strengthen the commercial district of Albany Park, Mayfair and North Park.

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