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Kenn McLaughlin Celebrates 15 Years With Stages Theatre

Stages Theatre Kenn McLaughlin Celebrates 15 Years!

2016 Marks 15 Years As Artistic Director For Kenn McLaughlin With Stages, Serving As The Theatre’s Longest Tenured Leader.


Even after 15 years, this leader continues to raise the bar and elevate the quality of work produced at Stages Theatre located near Montrose. The 2015-2016 season marks McLaughlin’s tenth season as Stages’ artistic leader, following five successful years as the theatre’s Managing Director.

Under the leadership of McLaughlin, Stages has strengthened its commitment to sustainable innovation through projects such as producing the first American regional theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s latest musical, Road Show; re-envisioning classics like Auntie Mame and Veronica’s Room.

McLaughlin has produced more than 100 productions, with record-breaking hits for the theatre. Also the revival of the theatre’s landmark original musical Always…Patsy Cline; as well as pivotal world and U.S. premieres such as Black Pearl SingsAn American BratElizabeth Rex, five original Panto-style musicals and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical.

Prior to his arrival at Stages in Houston, McLaughlin spent time in Cleveland, Ohio being nominted three-times for the Ohio governor’s award for excellence in the arts.

In Houston, McLaughlin went full steam ahead, teaching classes in creativity at Rice University, directing at Sam Houston State University, as well as teaching diversity awareness to cadets at the Houston Police Academy.

GLAAD Announces Media Awards Nominees

Glaad Media Awards 2016 Nominees

(CNN)GLAAD announced the nominees for the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Wednesday, and for the first time, more than 50% of the English-language nominations are trans-inclusive.

Nominees include Oscar-nominated films like “Carol” and popular TV shows such as “Empire” and “Orange is the New Black.” Streaming services earned a record seven nominations (up from three last year), with Netflix bagging five of those.

The nominees for outstanding film (wide release) are “Carol,” “The Danish Girl,” “Dope,” “Freeheld” and “Grandma.” “Arrow,” “Black Sails,” “Empire,” “The Fosters,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Nashville,” “Orphan Black,” “Sense8” and “Shameless” are nominated for outstanding drama series.

Outstanding reality program nominees are “I Am Cait,” “I Am Jazz,” “New Girls on the Block,” “The Prancing Elites Project” and “Transcendent.”

GLAAD — the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization — announced 101 nominees in 20 English-language categories and 46 Spanish-language nominees in 11 categories. Cable networks earned 27 nominations while broadcast networks garnered 18.

“For nearly three decades, the GLAAD Media Awards have propelled inclusion in media and driven LGBT acceptance forward,” GLAAD Chief Executive Officer and President Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “This year’s nominees have raised the bar for creating thoughtful and diverse LGBT images and storylines, deepening audiences’ understanding of LGBT people and accelerating acceptance across the world.”

GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be April 2 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. For the first time in a decade, the ceremony will be aired on Logo in April.