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How it got to be this way and what it’s going to take to change."
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Woodie King, Jr., New Federal Theatre
Woodie King, Jr.’s directorial credits are extensive and include work in film as well as theater. In 1985, he was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Boseman and Lena and in 1987/88 season he won a NAACP Image Award for directing Checkmates at Inner City Cultural Center (Los Angeles). At New Federal Theatre King directed Sowa’s Red Gravy by Diane Richards in 2012; The Fabulous Miss Marie by Ed Bullins in 2014; and in 2015 a new version of Amiri Barka’s Dutchman. in February 2013. Mr. King is the recipient of an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement, a TCG Peter Zeisler Award, AEA’s Paul Robeson Award, AEA’s Rosetta LeNoire Award; an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Wayne State University, a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the College of Wooster; and Honorary Doctorates from Lehman College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In January 2012 Mr. King was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame; In the same year, he received the Innovative Theatre Award’s Sustained Excellency in Theatre.