The 2018 Mediamix Doctor Bird Awards will be held in early December on a date and at a venue to be announced. Nine arts-community stalwarts will be honoured at the ceremony for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields over the years. The honorees are: Norma Rodney Harrack (fine arts), Ian Randle (publishing), Bill Edwards (fashion), L’Antoinette Stines (dance), Natalie Thompson (film and television), Mutabaruka (poetry/spoken word), Gussie Clarke (music), Evan Williams (architecture) and Basil Dawkins (theatre). According to Mediamix founder Lennie Little-White, the Doctor Bird Awards programme is being relaunched this year “to celebrate Jamaicans who continue to add value to Brand Jamaica via the creative industries, while paying homage to those who paved the way.”
>> New Era: JMTC in rehearsals for Annie, appoints new Chairman
Danielle Stiebel-Johnson has been appointed Chairman of the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company. A long-serving member and practising attorney, Stiebel takes over the reins of the performing arts company, following the passing of two JMTC legends: Peter Haley, who died in England last week, and Doug Bennett, who took his final bow in 2017. “It’s a new era for the JMTC, but we want to keep the legacy alive. That’s our responsibility going forward,” Stiebel told TALLAWAH at the Company Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary recital at the Little Theatre on Sunday. For their annual junior-theatre musical opening in January at UWI’s Philip Sherlock Centre, the JMTC is mounting a production of the beloved children’s classic Annie, with their own clever twists and Jamaican spice thrown into the mix. Akeem Mignott will be making his commercial-theatre directing debut, alongside the University Singers’ Lorenzo Smith, who is in charge of the music. Stiebel-Johnson will be wearing the producer’s hat. During the run, she says, the cast and crew will be doing a special tribute to Haley.
>> Picture This!
The Jamaica Photography Society, led by the imperious Donnette Zacca, will open their new exhibition at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Sunday, Nov. 25. Titled “Celebrating Photography,” the display will be on view at the JCC until February 1.