Press Release (ePRNews.com) - PHOENIX - Apr 19, 2018 - The Phoenix Theatre is proud to announce that the Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Michael Barnard has been chosen as a recipient of the esteemed Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are awarded annually to individuals who embody the spirit of America in their salute to tolerance, brotherhood, diversity and patriotism. Honorees may be native-born or naturalized, but most importantly, they are individuals who have made it their mission to share their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity with those less fortunate.
Michael Barnard is entering his 19th season as Phoenix Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, concentrating his efforts on the continued growth of the theatre in production, education and the development of new American theatre. His work has supported the Theatre’s values as being a place where people can be accepted regardless of race, creed, orientation or color and fostering an environment where individuals can gain a greater understanding of cultural and political differences and, in an era of simulated virtual gatherings, continue to provide a forum in which the community can gather live and in-person.
“Since the Medal was founded in 1986, EIHS has honored distinguished and diverse Americans including seven Presidents of the United States, Vice-President Joe Biden, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Nobel laureates Elie Wiesel and Malala Yousafzai, Coretta Scott King, John Sculley, Muhammad Ali, Lee Iacocca and Rosa Parks, among other outstanding Americans.” – Ellis Island Honor Society
Barnard earned his Master’s in Theatre with an emphasis in directing at Northwestern University and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. Barnard has directed more than 1,000 special events and is celebrating the direction of his 100th Phoenix Theatre production in 2018’s Godspell. He is the head of Phoenix Theatre’s new works programming, which assists in the professional development of new plays and musicals all season long and through the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre.
Michael will attend the May 12 Ellis Island Honor Society’s annual gala to accept the honor. Other 2018 honorees include Henry Louis Gates Jr., Albert II Prince of Monaco, and Congressman Adam Schiff. For more information about the Ellis Island Honor Society and Ellis Island Medal of Honor, visit www.neco.org (http://www.neco.org/).
About the Phoenix Theatre: Founded in 1920 as the Phoenix Players, Phoenix Theatre is the very first arts organization in Arizona and one of the oldest operating arts organizations in the country. Today, Phoenix Theatre produces, presents and curates nearly 500 performances on its multiple stages and has numerous thriving outreach programs, making it Arizona’s largest producing regional theatre company, inspiring more than 100,000 people each year. In addition to its annual performance season and its Festival of New American Theatre, Phoenix Theatre hosts a nationally recognized Professional Volunteer Apprenticeship program; Partners That Heal; and Summer Theatre Camp and Master Classes for children and teens. As a founding member of the Central Arts District, Phoenix Theatre is committed to advancing the performing arts in the Valley and is recognized nationally as a professional regional theatre of exceptional quality. For additional information about the Phoenix Theatre, visit: www.phoenixtheatre.com. Source :