Saturday, April 2, 2011

And the Wheel Award Goes To . . .

2011 WHEEL Award
Saturday May 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm

at the home of Wheelock College President, Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Tickets: $125.00

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Join Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott and the Advisory Board of Wheelock Family Theatre on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the WHEEL Award dinner to honor the work and achievements of three remarkable women. The WHEEL Award, established in 2002, recognizes individuals who believe the arts can transform lives. These individuals share Wheelock Family Theatre’s commitment to children and families and dedicate their work to making a difference.

This year’s WHEEL Award 2011 honorees are Kate Taylor, Janice Allen, and Victoria Rowell. These three inspiring women, each with her own moving story, remind us all how important it is to reach out to the youth of our communities.

Kate Taylor Trained in curriculum development and as a classroom teacher, Kate used her special interest in the sciences to produce several educational television series for children. She has developed several programs at WGBH, Boston’s public television station, and has been a leader in her field for over 20 years. She has been involved in projects such as Zoom, Arthur, Design Squad, Degrassi Junior High, and another Peabody award winner, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? She is currently Senior Executive Producer of Children’s Programming at WGBH and has recently produced FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman and PEEP and the Big Wide World, both funded by The National Science Foundation and recipients of numerous awards, including the Emmy Award.

Victoria Rowell Victoria started her career as a dancer, working with several companies including The American Ballet Theater and the Twyla Tharp Workshop. She has been featured on the covers of Seventeen and Mademoiselle magazines as a result of her work in modeling. She has been a regular on The Young and The Restless as Drucilla Winters and worked on Diagnosis Murder for eight seasons. Along with her success as a dancer, model, and actress, she has become an advocate for foster children. Growing up, Victoria Rowell spent 18 years in foster care and has written the New York Times Bestseller and literary award winner “The Women Who Raised Me”, published by William Morrow, about her experience growing up. Victoria also founded the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan in 1990 to enrich the lives of foster children through artistic and athletic expression.

Janice Allen Janice teaches songs, dance, and history from the African and African-American culture. Much of the music is from the Georgia and Carolina Sea Islands. Called "One of New England's most popular children's performers" by the Boston Globe, Janice Allen has toured nationally and made frequent concert appearances in Africa and Japan. Janice Allen conducted the Boston children's choir that was featured at the Nelson Mandela Celebration at Boston Esplanade Hatch pavilion before a live audience of over 200,000 people and a national television audience. She is winner of the 1989 Boston Parent's Paper Children's Entertainer of the Year award and has performed in lead roles in “Black Nativity,” Revels, and the Wheelock Family Theatre musical “Sound of Music.”

All proceeds from The WHEEL Award celebration will benefit the educational and artistic programs at Wheelock Family Theatre.

Hope to see you there!

Beth Peters 

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