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| NATF Establishes "The Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theatre" || |
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NATF Establishes "The Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theatre"
| 03-02-2010 || #1 |
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| | NATF Establishes "The Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theatre"
The article below is an excerpt from "The Narrator," the new occasional newsletter from the National Audio Theatre Festivals. If you'd like to receive a copy, please click here. You'll only be asked for the address you'd like it sent to and receive a welcome message.
NATF Establishes "The Corwin Award
for Excellence in Audio Theatre"
Considered the undisputed "Grand Master" of radio drama and generally as the American "Poet Laureate of Radio," Norman Corwin is the craftsman behind the most amazing catalog of radio ever produced. At the National Audio Theatre Festivals, we're honored and grateful to have him on our Advisory Board, especially as he nears his 100th birthday on May 3, 2010. To mark both this milestone and his unrivaled body of work, NATF will premiere "The Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theatre," a special annual award presented to those who have made significant contributions to modern audio theatre.
Corwin will receive the inaugural award in April at a private ceremony and future recipients will be nominated by members of the NATF and announced prior to the annual summer workshop.
To grasp the weight of meaning behind the name of Norman Corwin, consider that his words have been so powerful he was chosen twice by U.S. Presidents to give voice to the feelings of an entire nation when allied victories in both Europe and then Japan ended World War II. In just the Golden Age of Radio alone, he wrote more than 100 works, then dozens more in later years; as late as the 1990s.
Norman in 2009 with friend William Shatner
Corwin has won an Emmy, two Peabody medals, a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1956 screenplay, "Lust for Life". Besides receiving multiple honorary doctorates, he's been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and had a documentary made about his life and work. That depiction won the Oscar in 2006 for Best Short Feature Documentary because of the cathartic power of his work and the influence his life has had on American mythos. J. Michael Straczynski and Ray Bradbury (among others) credit him as influence and friend, with Straczynski saying, "People like Bradbury and Stan Freberg and Charles Kuralt and others have all described themselves as 'Norman's kids' for the inspiration he has provided."
The National Audio Theatre Festivals hopes "The Corwin" (award) will provide future inspiration to those aiming for excellence in audio theatre.
Disclaimer: Just because I moderate the NATF space at ADT doesn't mean I speak for the organization and from time to time should be considered entirely full of crap. Exactly when is a mystery, but visit NATF.org to prove me wrong!
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