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FASNY Teacher Nominated for Prestigious Theater Award

FASNY Teacher Nominated for Prestigious Theater Award
FASNY Teacher Nominated for Prestigious Theater Award


Middle and high school English teacher Candace Owen-Williams has been nominated by Sacha Sergent ’20 for this year’s Excellence in Theatre Education Award, presented by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University. 

One of Candace’s former students—playwright Jeremy O. Harris, author of the current Broadway hit Slave Play—has filmed a commercial explaining why she is deserving of the award. “Anyone who knows Candace knows that she is a gift to all her students and was especially influential on me,” he posted on Twitter last fall. Jeremy credits Candace with changing his life and even wrote her name into Slave Play as a tribute. For more, watch this video compiled by FASNY middle and high school students.

On March 12, in the Village campus auditorium, Candace will direct two performances of this year’s FEST (FASNY English-Speaking Theater) presentation: an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in the 1980s, it will feature students in both the middle and high schools. Mark your calendars!