Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces 2015 Impact Awards

The has announced a second group of recipients in the fields of contemporary dance, jazz, theater, and related interdisciplinary work.

Part of the program, the Impact Awards are designed to support artists who have yet to receive national recognition for their work but who show great promise. The twenty recipients, each of whom will receive an award of $80,000, include OBIE award-winning director Lear deBessonet, who creates large-scale productions of classical works involving casts of both community members and professional actors; choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, who is becoming known for her often daring and humorously offbeat dance works; and Henry Threadgill, a multi-instrument performer who continues to influence the jazz field after more than four decades.

"The Doris Duke Impact Awards are based on nominations submitted by artists, identifying others — often less widely known — who will have enormous impact on the jazz, dance, or theater fields in the future," said Ben Cameron, the foundation's program director for the arts. "This year's group is a thrilling one: we are honored to support them and look forward, not only to how they will use their funds, but to the ways they will shape and change the performing arts in the future."

"." Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Press Release 06/16/2015.