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Recipients of ATA Distinguished Service to the Arts Education Field Award

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2010 Award, David Shookhoff and Holly Adams









This year's recipient of The Golden Administrator Award for Distinguished Service to Teaching Artists and the Arts in Education Field is David Shookhoff.

David Shookhoff

As Education Director of Manhattan Theatre Club since 1988, David Shookhoff has designed and implemented a range of programs that annually serve 5,000 students, teachers, and families in the New York City area and around the nation. A leader in the field of arts education, Mr. Shookhoff helped found and currently chairs the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and serves on the NYC Department of Education Advisory Council on Arts Education and on the Boards of Directors of the Center for Arts Education and Opus 118—Harlem School for Music.  He has chaired the Arts in Education Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.  He serves on the Education Committee of the Broadway League and on a special task force on learning assessment for the Theatre Communications Group.  He has been a consultant to the Lincoln Center Institute, the Theatre Development Fund, and many other arts organization in New York and around the country. He has directed numerous theatre and opera productions for companies in New York City and nationwide, and has taught at NYU, City College, Carnegie Mellon University, Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University Teachers College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Mannes School of Music. Mr. Shookhoff holds a BA cum laude from Stanford University and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.

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This year's recipient of the Distinguished Service to The Arts In Education Field Award is Holly Adams.

Holly Adams

A professional performer, playwright, mask maker, and Teaching Artist for twenty-five years, Holly Adams is, also, a performing arts teacher and an artist in residence at universities. She links academic and arts curricula and creates arts-based academic curriculum. She taught in Connecticut's "Fame School", the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts, before moving to Tompkins County.

She has been a professional performer for over twenty-five years, with a focus on physical theatre styles. She particularly enjoys creating and performing original work: "VOICES/lives" with co-creator and performer Pete Rush, toured to excellent reviews in 2007, and "The Oral Tradition", written with collaborator David A. Miller from Roundabout Theatre, was at the West End Theatre in February of 2008. Other recent highlights:  "Further Adventures of Clown" at the Hangar Theatre, "Gossip" at the / kitchen Theatre, Alanna in the audio book productions of the Tamora Pierce novels, Richard III in "Kynge’s Games", and all of the animal roles in "My Father’s Dragon".

Holly Adams has since been a Teaching Artist for 13 years in NYSCA's Empire State Partnership programs.

She is a graduate of the Dell ‘Arte School of Physical Theatre, and holds a Masters degree in Theatre, Education, and Social Change.

Some of her favorite Teaching Artist projects include Chaos Theory with third graders, Travelogues with ninth graders, a comic version of "Titus Andronicus" with juniors and seniors, and anything with the Hangar Theatre.


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