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Ellen Stewart
ELLEN STEWART was the Founder and Director of the La MaMa E.T.C., the theatre that began in October 1961. She staged, composed, directed and wrote librettos for original folk-opera/spectacles, presented in America, Uruguay, Argentina, Austria, Italy, Turkey, the Philippines, the Cameroon, Zaire, Central African Republic, Senegal, Nigeria, Brazil, Haiti, Morocco, Israel, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia. She lectured in all of the above countries, was a visiting professor of the Institute of Drama in South Korea and was a long-standing member of the Seoul International Theatre Institute. New Eastern European Theatre was introduced in America in 1967 when Ellen Stewart brought Jerzy Grotowski, Ryszard Cieslak, and Ludwig Flaszen to America. In this endeavor she was aided by Ted Hoffman of New York University. Ms. Stewart was instrumental in introducing to America some of the world's most influential artists including Andrei Serban and Tom O'Horgan, and was proud of La MaMa's long heritage as an international theatre, having hosted artists from more than seventy different countries. Ellen Stewart was the recipient of many Honorary Doctorates and awards, among which are the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Award and the National Endowment for Arts and Culture. She was appointed an "Officer" in the "Odre Des Arts Et Letters" of the Republic of France and received the Les Kurbas Award for "Distinguished Services to Art and Culture" from the Ukraine. In January 1993 Ellen Stewart was inducted into the "Broadway Theatre Hall of Fame," becoming the first Off-Off-Broadway Producer to ever receive this honor. In December 1994 Ellen Stewart was awarded the "Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette" by the Emperor of Japan. She also received the Human Rights Award of the Philippines from President Corazon Aquino. In 2005 Tom O'Horgan presented Stewart with the Stewardship Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. This honor was bestowed to Stewart on behalf of her peers and fellow artists of the Off-Off-Broadway community "in recognition of her significant contributions to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership." In 2007 she was awarded the Praemium Imperiale in the field of Film and Theater. In November 2009, La MaMa's Annex, a 295-seat theater, was renamed the Ellen Stewart Theater. Born November 7, 1919 in Chicago; Died January 2011.

Bio as of February, 2011.



American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

SDCF Masters of the Stage (audio)
Ellen Stewart - June, 1994 - Listen Now.

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)

Website:
www.lamama.org