Clarence Brown Theatre News

Clarence Brown Theatre Receives $10,000 Grant from NY Foundation

A foundation connected to the operators of several Broadway theaters has given a $10,000 grant to the Clarence Brown Theatre. The theater was among a select group of recipients nationwide to receive grants from the New York-based Shubert Foundation. The foundation provides general operating support to not-for-profit professional resident theaters, dance companies, and arts-related organizations to help support and nurture their operations.

Clarence Brown Theatre Honored for Production of Whipping Man

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The East Tennessee Historical Society has recognized UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre for its production of The Whipping Man, a haunting Civil War-era play that tackles difficult issues and the region’s history. The theater received the Award of Distinction this month from the historical society for its adaptation of the play.

Graduating Senior Doesn’t Allow Vision Impairment to Thwart Theater Dreams

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Batman may be a superhero crime-fighter, but inside he’s Bruce Wayne—a regular guy who has seen trial and triumph. Born with a vision impairment, Christian Darnell, who graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences on Friday with a degree in theater, identifies with that inner strength. Darnell was born with oculocutaneous albinism, a condition that affects pigmentation of the skin, hair, and eyes and classifies him as being legally blind.

Scenic Designer Bob Cothran to be Honored at Clarence Brown Theatre Gala

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UT professor emeritus and celebrated scenic designer Bob Cothran will be awarded the Clarence Brown Theatre Society Artistic Achievement Award at this year’s Clarence Brown Theatre Gala on Sunday, June 8. Tickets are now on sale for the 6:30 p.m. gala, which will be downtown at the Standard Knoxville, 416 West Jackson Avenue.

Broadway Actress Valisia LeKae Receives Accomplished Alumni Award

An award-winning Broadway actress who has starred in numerous roles including her current portrayal of Diana Ross in Motown: The Musical, has received UT’s Accomplished Alumni Award. University officials honored Valisia LeKae on Friday during the Clarence Brown Theatre season opening celebration at the Orangery. The Accomplished Alumni Award recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.

Students Can Now Order Clarence Brown Tickets Online and Via Phone

UT students can now call or go online to order tickets to the Clarence Brown Theatre rather than stand in line at the box office. The Clarence Brown Theatre has partnered with the Division of Student Life and the VolCard Office, as well as KnoxvilleTickets.com and ticketing provider Paciolan, to make this possible. UT students are eligible to purchase one discounted ticket to each of the eight CBT productions. Additional tickets can be purchased at regular adult and nonstudent prices.

Campus Community Invited to Kunta Kinteh Island Screening Monday

The campus community is invited to a screening of Kunta Kinteh Island on Monday, March 4, at the Clarence Brown Theatre. The documentary chronicles the renaming of James Island—a holding cell for slaves in The Gambia during the transatlantic slave trade—to Kunta Kinteh Island after a young African who was transported to the United States.