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Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theatre Award - Winner

The Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theatre Award, one of ATHE’s two most prestigious awards, is named in honor of Ellen Stewart’s profound legacy to the profession and the academy. Honorees are selected on the basis of superlative contributions to the field, sustained excellence during their career, innovative work that has established new frames of reference, support for diversity in theatre, and service and advocacy on behalf of fellow theatre artists. This year’s award recipient is:


Tomé Cousin

Tome’ Cousin is an internationally recognized director/choreographer/ educator/performer and creator of musical theater works, ballets, films, new opera, song cycles, art installations and a published author. BA: Dance History, and Choreography from Point Park University, MFA: New Media Art and Performance from Long Island University. He is a graduate and instructor of Jacques d’ Amboise’s National Dance Institute and member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. In high regard as an actor / dancer’s educator he is on faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in the School of Drama and has taught at the Alvin Ailey School, Point Park University, STEPS NYC, Broadway Dance Center, Ballett Centrum / Berlin, Korean Imperial School, Hungarian Arts Academy, New York University, and The Luigi School. He is the author of performance essays, articles, plays and two theater study journals: The Total Theater Artist and New Media Performance, and The Franklin Project: Articles/Essays on Diversity and Non-Traditional Casting. He is a standing member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and four professional unions - Actors Equity, SAF/AFTRA, SDC, and the Society of Dance History Scholars. He is the recipient of six Choreographer Continuum Fellowships, two Lambda Foundation Fellowships, the Vera Heinz Multicultural Arts Initiative Fellowship, the Family Pride Collation Commission, LIU International Research Travel Fellowship, the SDC Mike Ockrent Director Fellowship, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Point Park University. This season marks the 52nd anniversary of Tome’s career in the creative and performing arts.


Acceptance Speech




ATHE offers special thanks to the Career Achievement subcommittee members for their work this cycle.

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