- January 8, 2022
Like many community playhouses around the country, the Studio Theatre shuttered its doors in March 2020 for the coronavirus pandemic and did not fully reopen for more than a year.
The sales the Little Rock, Arkansas, theater collected from streaming events online or holding outdoor performances did little to cover the debts that began to pile up to pay its rent, utilities and insurance. Then, its treasurer, Amanda Kennedy, heard about a potential lifeline: the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. The $16 billion fund was created to help sustain the live entertainment industry. After reviewing the details of the program, Kennedy expected the Studio Theatre would be able to seek $135,000 in grants.
Kennedy, a certified public account, said she viewed the program as “a godsend that we desperately needed.”
“We have loans that I have no idea how long it’s going to take for us to
- January 8, 2022
The legendary actor, who was the first Black man to win a Best Actor Oscar, died on Jan. 6. He was 94.
Born in Miami, Poitier was raised in his native Bahamas, on a rural farm with no electricity or running water. He later moved to Harlem, washing dishes to pay his way.
He went on to serve in the Army before joining the American Negro Theater, where he traded janitorial services for dramatic arts training. His career began on Broadway, with a role in Lysistrata.
His breakthrough big screen role was as Dr. Brooks in 1950’s racial drama No Way Out. He went on to star in countless films, earning prestigious awards and accolades including the Best Actor Academy Award for his turn in Lilies of the Field. Other iconic films of his include To Sir With Love, In the Heat of the Night and