Ancram Opera House’s Paul Ricciardi Receives Kennedy Center National Theater Education Award

Paul Ricciardi, Ancram resident and co-director of the Ancram Opera House, has received the 2018 Gold Medallion, a National Theater Education Award, from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for “extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre.” Ricciardi is a previous recipient of a 2010 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award.

Each year, the KCACTF honors individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and the development of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Called “The Gold Medallion” it is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the great honors in theatre education.

            Paul Ricciardi is an award-winning actor, director, teacher, and voice/speech/dialect coach. He is co-director of the Ancram Opera House, a rural performance hall for contemporary theatre and cabaret, and teaches at the City University of New York/Kingsborough CC. Paul will be leading performance workshops at AOH this summer, including “Crafting the Monologue” and “Introduction to Storytelling.” For more information or to register, visit www.ancramoperahouse.org/classes/

KCACTF is an annual national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. For 47 years, the organization has been a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the United States. KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country.

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