Susan V. Booth was honored today at the Georgia State Capitol as a recipient of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Award for the Arts and Humanities. These awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality.
Thirteen members of Georgia’s arts and humanities community were chosen from nominations from around the state. These recipients represent a diverse group of individuals and organizations that have laid the groundwork for Georgia’s growing creative industry through innovative programs, community collaboration and long-term financial commitment.
Susan was honored specifically as an invaluable leader in Atlanta’s theater and arts community. As Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre, Susan elevates the work of local artists to the national level, including work on several productions that originated in Atlanta and went on to have runs on Broadway. Susan has also launched many programs that nurture and develop new plays, playwrights and artists, including the Collision Project for Teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab. Under her leadership, the Alliance has grown into the largest producing theater in the southeast and one of the leading theaters for developing new American musicals. In 2007, the Alliance received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education, and community engagement, bringing tourism and national attention to Atlanta theater.
Susan also launched the Alliance’s first capital and endowment campaign in an effort to grow the theater’s endowment and to provide funds to renovate the theater for the first time in the facility’s 47 year history. The renovation will include its main stage, rehearsal spaces, education spaces, and artist support spaces, making significant improvements to technology, infrastructure, and patron experience. It will also make the theater more attractive to potential national commercial partners, bringing more jobs and tourism to the city. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by the 2018/19 season.
The Awards Ceremony at the Capitol also featured a special performance by Sarah Charles Lewis from the Broadway production Tuck Everlasting. Lewis will reprise her role as Winnie Foster in the 2016 Broadway production of Tuck Everlasting, which had its world premiere at the Alliance in January, 2015.