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Seidel Honored with Crystal Quill Award

Professor Steve Seidel received the Crystal Quill Award from the Shakespeare Festival/LA on Thursday, November 20 in Los Angeles. The Shakespeare Festival/LA is an arts organization that uses professional theater traditions to enchant, enrich, and build community.

"I am delighted to be a recipient of the Crystal Quill award along with distinguished leaders in the film and television industry who are committed to arts education," Seidel said. "It is wonderful when an industry made of artists, craftspeople, and business people honors the critical importance of arts learning opportunities in the lives of young people and chooses to recognize people who work to improve the quality of those experiences."

Seidel was presented the award during reception in the commissary at 20th Century Fox Studios along with fellow recipients, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and producer Mark Gordon.

"We are proud to honor the accomplishments of our awardees and their commitments to nurturing the expression of creativity in the generations of young people who will benefit from their work," said Ben Donenberg, executive artistic director of Shakespeare Festival/LA. Since 1985, Shakespeare Festival/LA has been a cherished community resource committed to making the Bard's works accessible, relevant, and enriching for Angelenos from all walks of life through nationally recognized youth and education programming, and award-winning, free, professional outdoor productions.

Donenberg noted that he admired Seidel's work and interest in the festival upon their first meeting. "I knew immediately that I was speaking with an artist with integrity and an insatiable curiosity," Donenberg said. "What I came to understand through my cherished inquisitions is that he is a man that is relentless in his quest to get to the heart of the matter and he can articulate matters of the heart with uncanny precision. I can't walk away from a conversation with Steve, without learning more about my own burning questions."

For more information, visit: http://www.shakespearefestivalla.org/calendar.php