(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers is being honored by ArtsWave with the 2018 Rosa F. and Samuel B. Sachs Fund Prize for her regional arts impact and leadership. The Rosa F. and Samuel B. Sachs Fund Prize recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Cincinnati, bringing distinction to themselves and the region through their work.
First awarded in 1929, this prestigious award was endowed to ArtsWave by the late Samuel B. Sachs to honor outstanding accomplishments in the arts — inclusive of visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, sculpture and architecture. Previous recipients include Zaha Hadid, Leah Stewart, Phyllis Weston, Stephen Sondheim, Shepard Fairey, James Conlon, Kathy Wilson, Jim Borgman and Jay Chatterjee.
The Sachs Fund Prize Committee, led by ArtsWave Life Trustee Richard Rosenthal, decided early on not to make this a competitive process with a call for nominations and/or applications. Rather, using the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grants” as a model, ArtsWave assembles a group of this region’s most knowledgeable leaders in the areas of theater, music, dance, architecture, visual arts, photography, and literature to select the individual who, in their combined estimation, best meets the criteria for this award.
“It’s something I never would have thought possible,” says D. Lynn Meyers. “I received a voicemail from Dick Rosenthal telling me that I’d won and I was so stunned that I listened to it three times! I am beyond humbled, honored, and extremely grateful.”
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.
The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
2018-2019 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided by PNC.
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.