The Pioneer Of The Arts Awards

THE PIONEER OF THE ARTS AWARDS are presented to outstanding artists in Theatre, Film, Music, Television & Entertainment.

Pioneer of the Arts Awards for 2020

VIVIAN REED

Actress & Singer

Credits include: Tartuffe, Damn Yankees, Show Boat, Marie Christine, Sophisticated Ladies, Blues In The Night, Tintypes, Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd, Bubbling Brown Sugar, etc. Awards include:two TONY Award Nominations, Drama Desk, Mabel Mercer, NAACP, Dance Educators of America and Outer Critics Circle. (Pioneer of the Arts Award February 2020.)

ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE

Actor & Singer

In addition to his 4308 performances as King Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King, White’s other Broadway starring roles include Mister in The Color Purple, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, Ken in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, John in Miss Saigon and The Hawker in The Who’s Tommy. (Pioneer of the Arts Award February 2020.)

KAMILAH FORBES

Executive Producer, Apollo Theater

Writer/Director of Hip­-Hop Theatre Junction’s premier work Rhyme Deferred, Co­-Executive producer on the Brave New Voices documentary series on HBO, Executive-Producer PBS special The Women’s List and Producer of the seventh ­season of the Peabody Award-winning series Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry on HBO. (Pioneer of the Arts Award February 2020.)

Pioneer of the Arts Awards for 2019

CAMILLE A. BROWN

Choreographer & Dancer

Broadway credits as choreographer: Once On This Island, Once, Choir Boy and Toni Stone.Porgy and Bess at the MET, For Colored Girls (Public Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) and the Emmy Award winning Jesus Christ Superstar (NBC).Her Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, tours nationally and internationally. The repertory includes the Bessie award winning, Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012), Bessie nominated, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015), and critically acclaimed ink (2017), which premiered at The Kennedy Center.She is a Ford Foundation- Art of Change Fellow, Audelco Award recipient, four- time Princess Grace Award winner, Guggenheim Fellow, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, TED Fellow, and Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. (Pioneer of the Arts Award March 2019)

JEROME PRESTON BATES

Actor

An American theater, film and television actor, director and playwright.Broadway credits: Jitney directed by Ruben Santiago Hudson, STICKFLY directed by Kenny Leon and SEVEN GUITARS directed by Lloyd Richards (created the role of Floyd Barton opposite Viola Davis).Regional work includes: Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Richard III and The Comedy of Errors, The Old Globe in MACBETH also Denver Center, Yale Rep, Center Stage Baltimore, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Alliance Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, People’s Light, Sundance Theatre Lab Utah and Crossroads. Off Broadway NY includes: The Public Theatre, Beckett Theatre, Abingdon, New Federal, Billie Holiday Theatre, NEC.Television credits: All My Children as Derek Frye, Law And Order, SVU, HBO’s OZ, Third Watch, Lights Out and NYPD BLUE. (Pioneer of the Arts Award February 2019)

Pioneer of the Arts Awards for 2016

JOE MORTON

Actor

TV: SCANDAL’S Papa Pope, Broadway: RAISIN, The Musical (Pioneer of the Arts Award July 2016.)

BARBARA MONTGOMERY

Actor

TV’s Amen & A Different World (Pioneer of the Arts Award July 2016.)

ANDRE DE SHIELDS

Actor & Singer

Broadway:The Wiz (Pioneer of the Arts Award July 2016.)

CHAPMAN ROBERTS

Actor & Singer

Broadway:Jesus Christ Superstar (Pioneer of the Arts Award July 2016.)

Pioneer of the Arts Awards for 2015

LIESL TOMMY

Director

Broadway:Eclipsed and Ruined (Pioneer of the Arts Award July 2015.)

PETER ANTHONY ANDREWS

CEO of Paco Global & Former Vice President of NBC Entertainment, Senior Vice President of Columbia Pictures and Executive President of MGM Studios

(Pioneer of the Arts Awards July 2015.)

Pioneer of the Arts Awards for 2014

STEPHEN C. BYRD and ALIA JONES-HARVEY

Broadway Producers, Front Row Productions

Broadway: Romeo & Juliet, Trip To Bountiful, Street Car Named Desire and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Pioneer of the Arts Award February 2014.)

LLOYD PRICE

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Singer

Stagger Lee, Lawdy Miss Clawdy and Personality (Pioneer of the Arts Awards February 2014.)

B. JEFFREY MADOFF

Film and Commercial Producer

Victoria’s Secret Producer and Ralph Lauren (Pioneer of the Arts Award February 2014.)

Pioneer of the Arts Awards for 2013

ELLYN LONG MARSHALL & MARIA E. NELSON

Casting Directors & Founder of Orpheus Group Casting:
Girlfight (2000), Real Women Have Curves (2002), Maria Full of Grace (2004), and Amreeka (2009), (Pioneer of the Arts Award July 2013).

SAM POLLARD

Filmmaker & Editor
(WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A Requiem in Four Acts (Primetime Emmy), SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME, FOUR LITTLE GIRS (Oscar Nominated), (Pioneer of the Arts Award February 2013).

DAVE DAVIDSON

Filmmaker
(A PLACE OUT OF TIME – The Bordentown School, a documentary and CISSY HOUSTON – SWEET INSPIRATION), (Pioneer of the Arts Award February 2013).

Pioneer of the Arts Awards for 2011

ALDO SCROFANI

Broadway Producer
(DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, CHITA RIVERA: The Dancer’s Life and Lovemusik), (Pioneer of the Arts Award July 2011).

GERALYN LUCAS

Screenwriter
(Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy – Lifetime), (Pioneer of the Arts Award July 2011).

JEWEL KINCH-THOMAS

Executive & Artistic Director
(The Riverside Theatre), (Pioneer of the Arts Award July 2011).

Pioneer of the Arts Awards for 2010

HOPE CLARK

Stage Director
Choreographer and Actress, 1992 Tony Nominee for the Broadway hit JELLY’S LAST JAM; and

KENNETH L.ROBERSON

Director/Choreographer
Tony Nominee for the Broadway hit AVENUE Q, and choreographer for the upcoming Broadway show UNCHAIN MY HEART, The Ray Charles Musical; and

MARCIA PENDELTON

Founder & President
Walk Tall Girl Productions, Audience Development & Group Sales for Broadway’s FENCES and FELA.

Pioneer of the Arts Awards for 2009

LUCIA KAISER

CEO of Kaiser International Inc.
(Theatre & Movie Producer) – (Pioneer of the Arts Award June 2009)

GEORGE FAISON

GEORGE FAISON
TONY Award Winner for THE WIZ and Emmy Award Winner for THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY (Pioneer of the Arts Award June 2009)

VY HIGGINSEN

Pioneer, Producer & Publisher
Radio Personality on WBLS & WWRL, Producer of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone on Broadway, and writer, producer, director of the longest-running, Off-Broadway musical in the history of American theatre with MAMA, I WANT TO SING. (Pioneer of the Arts Award June 2009)