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
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
In 1996, Albee was named as a Kennedy Center
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
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.