DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ROBYN BAKER FLATT ’60, MA ’63, HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE
(Dallas, TX) Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) proudly announces that its founder and Executive Artistic Director, Robyn Flatt, will receive Northwood University’s 2011 Distinguished Women’s Award. Community leaders, business entities, and over 250 other Distinguished Women alumnae from across the nation will join Ms. Flatt for a multi-day celebration, November 4-5 in Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Flatt joins seven other Distinguished Women honorees being recognized for outstanding achievement. “This year’s 2011-2012 Distinguished Women’s Endowed Scholarship Recipients are excellent examples of Northwood’s ethics and values. I am proud of all of them,” stated Keith Pretty, Northwood University President.
In 1970, the Northwood University Board of Trustees, under the inspiration of its founders Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer, established the Distinguished Women’s Award to recognize the enormous contribution women make to communities, businesses, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector services world-wide. It is awarded annually and never in absentia. Each Distinguished Woman receives a medal that was originally designed by the late sculptor, Giulio Tamassy. The awards honor high achievement in areas specific to Northwood’s distinctive philosophy. The Distinguished Women serve as role models for students and are encouraged to become involved with the university and students in a variety of meaningful ways. Annually, scholarships are awarded from the Distinguished Women’s Endowed Scholarship.
ABOUT ROBYN FLATT
Robyn Flatt co-founded Dallas Children’s Theater in 1984 with a start-up fund of $500. Under her artistic leadership, the theater’s creative and operational stature has grown over the past 27 years to reflect its current annual budget of more than $3 million. Her theatrical career has brought her acclaim as a professional director, actor and lighting designer. During her tenure as a member of the DALLAS THEATER CENTER Resident Company, she served as Assistant Artistic Director, director of MIMEACT and THEATER-IN-THE-PARKS, and Director of Graduate Studies in Theater at Trinity University. She received a BA Degree from Baylor University in 1960, a MA Degree in 1963, and studied with Paul Baker, Etienne Decroux, Juana Laban and Hanya Holm. Among Ms. Flatt’s many acting credits include two roles she created for award-winning world premiere productions: Dewey Dell in Journey to Jefferson and Martha Ann Sickenger in Preston Jones’ The Oldest Living Graduate. Her directing credits at DCT include The Velveteen Rabbit; To Kill A Mockingbird; Coyote Tales; African Tales of Earth and Sky; The Great Gilly Hopkins; five world premiere musical adaptations of author/illustrator Steven Kellogg’s books such as Island of the Skog and Pinkerton!!! by Linda Daugherty; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Miracle Worker; Island of the Blue Dolphins; and the critically acclaimed productions of And Then They Came For Me and Bless Cricket, Crest Toothpaste, & Tommy Tune. She has served on the boards of AATE and ASSITEJ/USA and is a recipient of the 2006 Center for Nonprofit Management Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership, the 2004 Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award, The 500, Inc.’s prestigious Ken Bryant Visionary Award, Dallas Historical Society’s 1999 Excellence in Community Service for Creative Arts, the 2002 Leon Rabin Standing Ovation Award, and the YWCA Centennial Award. Ms. Flatt has also been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theater, and holds the honorary designation of American Theatre Fellow for life. She was nominated by The Dallas Morning News arts staff for the 2010 Texan of the Year Award.
ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Northwood University also operates the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine.