K2KEntertainment and The Kelsey Theatre has announced multiple Kelsey Award winning costumer and set designer Kate Pinner as this year’s recipient for The 2015 Kelsey Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at The 2015 Kelsey Awards on Saturday, July 25th. The Kelsey Awards are presented by K2KEntertainment and The Kelsey Theatre.
Kate Pinner is one of Kelsey Theatre’s most prolific creative forces. In addition to designing sets and costumes for many Kelsey Theatre productions each season, she also teaches Stagecraft, Scenic Art and Play Production at Mercer County Community College – where the theater is located.
Kate has been an important and vital fixture at Kelsey Theatre for many years, alongside the Artistic Director, Kitty Getlik, who was honored with a Kelsey Award Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Kate has been nominated for many Kelsey Awards, while winning multiple awards in 2013 for her costuming in Sunday in the Park with George and her set design for On Golden Pond. Her theatre company PinnWorth Productions, which she manages alongside her husband LouJ Stalsworth, was nominated for 14 Kelsey Awards last year for their productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Love! Valour! Compassion!
“It is our honor to present Kate Pinner with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding dedication to theatre and her incredible creative achievements over the years in community theater. She has succeeded in multiple facets in theater, and is a bright example of the dedication it takes to make live performances so special. We look forward to celebrating her triumphs with this special award,” said Kyrus Keenan Westcott, Producer of The 2015 Kelsey Awards and President of K2KEntertainment.
Kate was selected by her fellow Kelsey Theatre producers and directors to receive this award. During the ceremony, she will be presented the award by frequent collaborator and friend, Jody P. Gazenbeek-Person.
The Kelsey Theatre Awards are presented by K2KEntertainment and The Kelsey Theatre Advisory Board. They both have jointly administered the Kelsey Awards since 2011, the year of the first live Kelsey Award ceremony. The awards, however, have been handed out since 2009.
What sets this event apart from any other theater community theater award events is the fact that the general public (you) choose the winners in each category, including Outstanding Production of a Musical. Throughout the summer, the general public will vote for their favorite production and/or performers from the previous season. To learn more about the voting process and the award rules,CLICK HERE.