3Arts Announces Awards Recipients

published: Oct. 25, 2015

CHICAGO: 3Arts announced the 10 recipients of its 8th annual 3Arts Awards. The nonprofit organization recognizes female artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities for their accomplishments in the fields of performing, teaching, and visual art. Rewarded for their theatrical work are actors Allen Gilmore and Fawzie Mirza.

“It is an immense privilege for 3Arts and our award partners to support another ten Chicago-area artists whose work energizes and enthralls every corner of our city,” said 3Arts executive director Esther Grisham Grimm in a statement. “It is our profound hope that these artists will feel the applause emanating their way, and never forget how much they are valued here.”

Gilmore, a graduate of Juilliard, has performed on Broadway and at the Public Theater, and is an ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre Company and a member of the Court Theatre family. Fawzie Mirza is an actor, writer, and comedian whose one-woman play, Me, My Mom & Sharmila, has been performed at universities, festivals, and conferences across the country. They will each receive an unrestricted $25,000 award.

Other 3Arts awards winners include dancers Kris Lenzo and Benji Hart, choreographer Stephanie Martinez, vocalist Frank Waln, violinist Chihsuan Yang, and multidisciplinary artists Cheryl Pope, Fo Wilson, and Chris Silva.