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Lia Chang Photos: Late Night with Patrice Andrew Davidson, 2013 NBTF Award Recipient for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design

S. Epatha Merkerson and Patrice Andrew Davidson during the Celebrity Procession at the National Black Theatre Festival Gala, at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC on July 29, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

S. Epatha Merkerson and Patrice Andrew Davidson during the Celebrity Procession at the National Black Theatre Festival Gala, at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC on July 29, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

It was an exciting night at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC for Patrice Andrew Davidson, the recipient of the 2013 NBTF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design, who escorted 2013 NBTF Special Recognition Award recipient S. Epatha Merkerson during the Celebrity procession at the National Black Theatre Festival gala on July, 29. 2013.

Patrice Andrew Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

Patrice Andrew Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

The multi award winning production, interior and scenic designer’s work has been featured on stage, television and in films. Some of his favorite theatrical productions include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Two Trains Running, The Wiz, Cloud 9, Freeda People’s, The River Niger, Livin Fat, Levee James, A Few Good Men, Havin Our Say.

2013 NBTF Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award recipient Ben Guillory, an actor, director and producer who co-founded LA's Robey Theatre Company and Patrice Andrew Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

2013 NBTF Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award recipient Ben Guillory, an actor, director and producer who co-founded LA’s Robey Theatre Company and Patrice Andrew Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

Concerts include: Pattie Labelle Gospel Concert, Richard Smallwood Concert, kirk Franklin Tour, Melba Moore’s Songs Of The Soul, 9/11 Memorial Telecast, Christmas In NY at Avery Fisher Hall. Film Productions include: Spare Change, Lullaby for Ray, Unseen, The Assignment, A Season in the Congo, Dear Reni, the final moment.

Saundra McClain and Patrice Andrew Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

Saundra McClain and Patrice Andrew Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

I caught up with Davidson, who has worked for Negro Ensemble Company, Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, New Freedom Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Mc Carter Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, Passage Theatre, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Lyric Opera House, The Beacon Theatre, The Landmark Theatre, and who designed the set of the Billie Holiday Theatre’s production of Lorey Hayes’ Power Play in 2005 in which I played Carole Barbara, at the late-night celebrity reception and dance party at the Marriott Hotel. Resplendent in a gold suit of brocade, he was still basking in the glow of the magical evening.

“I’ve attended the festival since 2001, always as a designer with a show. Being here as a honored guest this year will be my most memorable experience,” said Davidson.

Tommy Ford and Patrice Andrew Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

Tommy Ford and Patrice Andrew Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

“Being honored at this year’s National Black Theatre festival was such a delightful honor, not only is this my third design award in the last 5 years but it also let’s me know that people are paying attention to my body of design work, of which I had no idea that was happening,” shared Davidson.

Patrice Andrew Davidson and Micki Grant. Photo by Lia Chang

Patrice Andrew Davidson and Micki Grant. Photo by Lia Chang

The South American Native, whose gift of art was realized at the age of four and led him to a specialized High School for the Arts in New York City, attended New York Institute Technology and graduated with a degree in Interior Design Architecture.

“Receiving an award with such legends and being on the same stage with so many of the stage, television and film celebrities that I grew up watching was so surreal to me, never would I imagined that I would be on the same stage with them receiving such a valuable award.”

Patrice Andrew Davidson and Norm Lewis. Photo by Lia Chang

Patrice Andrew Davidson and Norm Lewis. Photo by Lia Chang

Davidson is the recipient of multiple honors and awards including the prestigious American Society of Interior Designers Award “National Student Council Presidential Citation” and the Outstanding Northeast Region student chapter Citation Award onto being a recipient of the Black Theatre alliance Award in 2009 in Chicago and the 2010 Audelco Award in New York City.

Chester Gregory and Patrice Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

Chester Gregory and Patrice Davidson. Photo by Lia Chang

“I was able to connect with legends of the entertainment industry who I will now stay connected to and glean from them so I can maintain the experience, and to preserve their memory in our history of entertainment,” said Davidson.

Patrice Andrew Davidson and Dawnn Lewis. Photo by Lia Chang

Patrice Andrew Davidson and Dawnn Lewis. Photo by Lia Chang

The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NCBRC), Winston-Salem, NC. The Festival was founded in 1989 by the Late Larry Leon Hamlin and is produced by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company.

Motown producer Kevin McCullum, Lia Chang and Patrice Andrew Davidson.

Motown producer Kevin McCullum, Lia Chang and Patrice Andrew Davidson.

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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