Negro Ensemble Company Proudly Announces the Arrival of Oz Scott
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Major Producer and Director of TV, Film and Stage Joins NEC's 40th Anniversary Season NEW YORK--(Business Wire)-- The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) today announced that Oz Scott, the award-winning director and producer of television programs, films and live theater, will join the Company as the new Associate Artistic Director. Mr. Scott also was named to the NEC Board of Directors. Since its founding in 1967, the NEC has produced more than two hundred original plays and provided a theatrical home for more than four thousand cast and crew members. The Company continues today in its vital role as a showcase and home for black actors, directors and writers. "Oz brings his creative skills and energy to help further the significant contributions of the Company to American theater," says his long-time friend and colleague Charles Weldon, NEC's Artistic Director. "Together, we will work to preserve, sustain and build upon the Company's contributions to theater." Mr. Scott has received the NAACP Image Award, the Drama Desk Award, OBIE Award, Genesis Award and the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award. He has more than 75 director, producer and writing credits to his name. This spring, Scott will be opening The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza at The Goodman Theatre. He is currently working with Daniel Beaty on his new play Resurrection. Scott began his theatrical career at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. In New York, he directed The Public Theater and Broadway productions of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. He has directed many other stage works including: Spell #7 and Photograph: A Study of Cruelty. As a television director, Mr. Scott directed 1970s primetime shows, The Jeffersons and Archie Bunker's Place. During the 1980s, he directed episodes of Hill Street Blues, Gimme a Break!, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Cosby Show, 227, and L.A. Law. In the 1990s, it was Picket Fences, Party of Five, Chicago Hope, JAG, The Practice, Ally McBeal and Family Law. More recently, Scott has directed Psych, Medium, Num3ers, Boston Legal, The Unit, Soul Food, Strong Medicine, CSI, CSI NY, Ed, Lizzie McGuire and was both director and supervising producer for The District. His movie credits include BUSTIN' LOOSE, The Cheetah Girls, Play'd: A Hip-Hop Story, and Crash Course. The NEC is known worldwide for its commitment to theater excellence and has been nominated for and won dozens of honors and awards - including for The River Niger (Tony Award); First Breeze of Summer (Tony-nominated, Outer Critics Circle Award, OBIE); Home (Tony-nominated, Outer Critics Circle Award) and A Soldier's Play (Pulitzer, Tony, OBIE, Drama Desk Award). The NEC counts among its alumni some of the best actors in television and film, including Phylicia Rashad, Denzel Washington, Hattie Winston, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Barbara Montgomery, among others. The NEC is marking its 40th Anniversary with several productions at the Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10030. These productions include: -0- *T The New York City premier of WEBEIME Written and directed by Layon Gray March 28 - May 4, 2008 The New York City premier of Please Take A Number Written by Nia Orms and directed by NEC Associate Artistic Director Oz Scott May 14 - June 8, 2008 A New York City revival of Bubbling Brown Sugar Book by Loften Mitchell June 18 - July 27, 2008 *T Tickets may be purchased one month in advance of each production. Ticket information will be available on the NEC website: http://www.negroensemblecompany.org/ About the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.: The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. was founded in New York City in 1967 by actor/producer Robert Hooks, playwright Douglas Turner Ward and theater manager Gerald S. Krone. Their vision was of producing professional theater in which black artists, performers, writers, directors, actors and craftspeople could oversee their own creative destiny. The NEC has successfully provided African-American, African and Caribbean professional artists with an opportunity to learn, work, grow and be nurtured in the performing arts. The Company continues to achieve its mission today by presenting live theater performances by and about black people to a culturally diverse audience that is often underserved by the theatrical community. For more information, go to: http://www.negroensemblecompany.org/ The Brown Wynn Agency Tina Wynn, 201-886-8770 email@example.com Copyright Business Wire 2008
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