The 2016 Larkees: A Look Back in Joy
The Lark's Season Re-Cap Slideshow, presented at the year-end celebration on June 30, 2016
The Larkees, a timeless tradition established long ago in 2012, are a highly prestigious honor awarded to Lark artists and community members who have gone above and beyond to support their fellow artists and community members in their efforts to create theater that reflects the vibrancy of our world. Presented at The Lark's annual year-end celebration, The Larkees are meant to acknowledge some of the many fierce and passionate advocates of new work we are proud to have in our network. This year, the theme of the Larkees appeared to be commitment, as the fantastic group of artists and administrators honored all shared a deep and, in many cases, longstanding investment in the organization.
First up was A. Rey Pamatmat, a playwright, former PoNY Fellow, and frequenter of The Lark's fifth floor lobby, where he is often found writing, catching up with other artists, or eating his lunch. All around good sport, Rey was happy to accept a high five from presenter Lloyd Suh (Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark), when it was found that the Larkee trophies had been left downstairs.
Jennifer Dorr White, who happens to be married to Lark's own Fearless Leader (talkin' about John again) was also among the recipients, for her longtime involvement with the selection committee for Playwrights' Week, the Literary Wing. Jennifer has been a member of the group since its inception over 20 years ago. In presenting Jennifer with her Larkee, Andrea Hiebler, The Lark's Director of Scouting & Submissions, pointed to the adage "behind every great man there is a woman," labeling the phrase "problematic at best and a steaming pile of garbage at worst." Jennifer, she said, is behind no one. Andrea then deemed her First Lady of The Lark and handed over her trophy.
Newer on the scene but no less enthusiastic was Scott Johnson, who joined The Lark's Board only this year, but immediately hit the ground running in his advocacy for work in progress.
The Lark is so grateful to these and all the artists and community members who helped to make this season great. Thanks to everyone who supported work in progress this year, we can't wait to do it all again!