Wrapping up Live Theatre Week 2009 is the first annual Gregory Awards tonight at INTIMAN. Let’s not forget our guest of honor, 2009 Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award Recipient Chris Bennion.
The Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award honors individuals in our theatrical community who have given their time, energy and talents over a number of years. In particular, this award honors people who have had a widespread positive effect on the community. The recipient is determined by a process separate from the rest of the awards. This year, the award goes to Chris Bennion, who has dedicated over thirty-five years of his time and talents as a professional photographer to promoting and documenting theatre in the Puget Sound region.
Chris was born in Boston, raised in Riverside, Connecticut, completed a 2-year program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and went on to graduate from Stanford University. Margaret Booker, a classmate, invited him to Seattle in 1973 to photograph her new theater, Intiman. Seattle felt like home, and he’s been here since 1975. In addition to Intiman, Chris has worked with ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue, Seattle Opera, Empty Space, Book-It, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Alice B. He has shot several national tours including Proof, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray and Annie. He has also done considerable editorial photography, corporate annual reports and foreign trips for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Come honor Chris and all of local theatre tonight! It’s going to be fun-tastic, and yes I just said “fun-tastic”! I am not ashamed. Live entertainment will be provided by the Love Markets, featuring Nick Garrison and Angie Louise.