Wednesday, June 5, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 144



Albee and Berger receive honors from ATHE

Cougar News Services

Award-winning playwright Edward Albee and UH School of Theatre Director Sidney Berger will share the stage in San Diego in July when they
receive the highest awards presented by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. 

The ceremony will take place July 25 in San Diego.

For Albee, it is his second recognition in less than a week. 

The Broadway playwright and distinguished professor of theatre also earned his second Tony Award on June 2 for The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? 

He won his first Tony in 1963 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The playwright will receive the ATHE Career Achievement Award for professional theatre. 

Berger will receive the ATHE Career Achievement Award for education.

Albee's body of work includes A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women, each of which won him a Pulitzer Prize. 

In 1996, Albee was named as a Kennedy Center Honoree. 

He has directed the Edward Albee Playwright's Workshop at UH for the past 15 years. 

The workshop helps aspiring playwrights.

He also had a hand in Berger's award, writing to ATHE with a letter of support for someone who's been part of the UH community for more than
30 years.

Berger has been at UH since '69, helping to bring quality, affordable theater to the Houston area. 

The theatre director founded the Shakespeare Festival in '75 and the Children's Theatre Festival, ongoing at the Wortham Theatre, in '78. 

He has also worked with playwright Jerry Brock to bring more original children's theater to the stage.

Berger's talent and tenacity have attracted the theater industry's top names to UH, including Albee, Tony Award-winning director Sir Peter Hall,
Tony Award-winning producer Stuart Ostrow and Emmy-nominated director, Jose Quintero.

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