2014 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards
Posted on September 8, 2014 by Kelsey Ervi

WaterTower Theatre received 7 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards: Oustanding Direction - Terry Martin, Dogfight Outstanding Touring Production - Trick Boxing, at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Joey Folsom, Hank Williams: Lost Highway Outstanding
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October 10 - November 2, 2014

Book by Ivan Menchell
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Frank Wildhorn

Sponsored by American Bank of Commerce, The Pinnacle Family of Companies, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

This new musical blends the music of Frank Wildhorn ( Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel ) with the electrifying love story of two of Texas’ most famed outlaws. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were two dreamers that found their way into violent circumstances. Their adventurous story captured the attention of an entire nation!

Stuck in a dead-end job in depression era Texas, young Bonnie Parker falls for charismatic Clyde Barrow. Fearless, shameless, and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country. As their fame, notoriety — and body count — rise; the ill-fated lovers find themselves racing toward an inevitable end.

Recommended for mature audiences
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WaterTower Announces New Board Members and Officers for 2014-2015

WaterTower Theatre Names Derek Blount as President of the Board of Directors;
New Officers Named and Six New Board Members Appointed

(Addison, TX)…WaterTower Theatre (WTT) has announced the election of Derek Blount as President of the Board of Directors, serving for a fifth term.  WTT also announced the election of a slate of Board Officers including Vice President, Ben Cunningham, Secretary, Katie Myatt, and Treasurer, Jimmy Niemann.

The following directors were re-elected to a new term:  Rosalind Benjet, Barbara Daseke, Buddy Frazer, Terry Martin, Robert Mayer, Jr., and Katie Myatt.

WaterTower Theatre also welcomes the appointment of six new Board members:  Rose Colarossi, Laree Hulshoff, Margo Keyes, Jeff Laceky, Wade Owens, and Corky Pledger.   WaterTower Theatre’s Board Resources Committee was Chaired by Derek Blount, and includedboard membersBarbara Daseke, Stan Graner, andTerry Martin.

President Blount also announced the appointments of Stan Graner as Development Committee Chair, April Bosworth as 2015 Spotlight Gala Chair and WOW! Chair,  Jimmy Niemann as Endowment and Planned Giving Chair, Jeff Laceky will continue in his role as Corporate Council Co-Chair, and Barbara Daseke and Stan Graner will continue in their role as Co-Chairs of The President’s Circle.

Derek Blount is North Dallas President for Sovereign Bank.  He has served on the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors for eight years and has served as President for the past four years.  He is also the Co-Chair of WaterTower Theatre’s Corporate Council (with Jeff Laceky). 

Members of WTT’s Board of Directors consists of leaders in the fields of business, publishing, education, law, finance, community activism, real estate, and the arts who volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of the organization.  The newly elected memberswill join current Board members Derek Blount, Rosalind Benjet, April Bosworth, Michael Canterbury, Ben Cunningham, Barbara Daseke, Buddy Frazer, Stan Graner, Robert Mayer, Jr., Terry Martin, Katie Myatt,Jimmy Niemann, andDebbie Staggs.

 “I am so pleased that Derek Blount has agreed to serve as President for a fifth term,” said Terry Martin.  “Derek has served as our President with distinction and continues to provide the kind of solid leadership a growing arts organization requires.”

“I am equally thrilled to welcome our six newest board members to WaterTower Theatre,” Martin continued.  “Derek’s just completed fourth term as President was marked by numerous successes, including continuing to oversee expanded development and fundraising activities including our Endowment Fund program and Planned Giving.  All of our fundraising programs involve members of the board, and Derek has been instrumental in engaging our board in all of its key areas of governance.”

“This past season WaterTower Theatre continued to experience growth in ticket sales and fundraising not to mention the myriad of artistic successes that defines WaterTower Theatre,” said Derek Blount.  “I’m proud of both the staff and the Board of Directors for their prudent management this past year as well as their willingness to take on new projects.  Our new slate of Executive Committee Officers and recently appointed Board members will be important assets to the organization to ensure that our Board continues its work to support the mission of WaterTower Theatre.  I’m pleased to welcome Rose, Laree, Margo, Jeff, Wade, and Corky to our Board, and I know they will bring important skills and leadership qualities to an already dynamic group of individuals.”


About WaterTower Theatre’s President of the Board:
Derek Blount (President, WaterTower Theatre) joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2006 and has served in the roles of Board Treasurer; Co-Chair of The Corporate Council, Board Vice President, and in September 2010 was elected President of the Board of Directors.  He was re-elected as Board President in 2011, 2012, 2013, and for 2014.  In addition to his role as President of the Board, Derek serves as Co-Chair of The Corporate Council.

Professionally, Derek serves as North Dallas President for Sovereign Bank, a Dallas-based financial institution. In his role with the bank, Derek focuses on corporate banking including commercial real estate lending, mergers & acquisitions, equipment financing and working capital loans.

Founded in 2004, Sovereign Bank has grown to more than a billion dollars in assets and proudly serves the Texas metro-markets of Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston.

Derek’s professional experience prior to Sovereign includes corporate lending roles with international banking syndicate Credit Lyonnais (now Credit Agricole) and helping establish the Dallas commercial banking division for Hibernia Bank (now Capital One Bank). Derek began his banking career with JPMorgan Chase through completion of their executive training program and later serving as a commercial banking officer.

A Texas native, Derek received both his BBA in Finance and his MS in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Derek is an active member of American MENSA, an enthusiastic traveler, and an avid runner. Derek is married to Bethany Blount, and they are the proud parents of two children, Harrison and Roland Blount.

About the New Directors:

Rose Colarossi 
Rose is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in marketing.  She is an accomplished entrepreneur, owning several businesses locally including The Egg and I Restaurants (multiple locations), Curves, etc.  She sits on the Advisory Board for My Possibilities, a non-profit organization for adults with disabilities.  Rose has been involved with WTT on many levels including sitting on the Steering Committees for WOW! and the Community Cast Party as well as the Spotlight Gala 2015.  She has been involved with Metrocrest Chamber and the Denton and Frisco Chambers.  She is a regular attendee at WTT shows.

Margo Keyes
Margo Ramirez Keyes is a highly respected Dallas civic leader, philanthropist and community volunteer.  Margo has a lengthy career in fashion design, merchandising, retail and wholesale business.  Her 28 year career includes senior positions with The Allied and Federated Corporation and Levi Straus & Company.  Margo also has an extensive consumer marketing background in product development where she worked for the British Consulate in Dallas as their International Vice-Consul Commercial Trade Officer.  A tireless advocate for the arts, education and Latino causes, Margo is active with numerous non-profits locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  She is currently on the board of TACA, The Dallas Performing Arts and the Latino Cultural Center.  Nationally, she sits on the boards of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Red Cross.  Margo is married to Wild Oats Chairman Jim Keyes. 

Jeff Laceky
Jeff has been in the banking industry for more than 30 years having begun his career as a bank examiner for the State of Texas.  Jeff is currently the market leader in Addison for Frost BankJeff is a Co-Chair of WTT’s Corporate Council.  He currently serves as Vice President of the Board for HEROES and is on the Board of My Possibilities and the Addison Business Association

Laree Hulshoff
Laree has been involved in the theatre most of her adult life.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Studio Arena Theatre, a professional theatre company in Buffalo, NY.  She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, SUNY at Buffalo where she did her pre-doctoral study, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Boston University.  In addition to Arena Stage, Laree has served on the boards of the Dallas Contemporary Museum of Art and The Center for Vital Longevity at UTD.  She also helped found the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Buffalo Chapter.  Prior to her retirement, Laree was a Senior Vice President/Senior Investment Advisor for Morgan Stanley.  In 2004, Laree was awarded the YMCA’s Leadership Award.  Laree is an active member of WaterTower Theatre’s President’s Circle, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Kimbell Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Wade Owens
Wade is the Executive Vice President, North Texas Regional President of American Bank of Commerce.  He is a longtime financial executive, outdoorsman, cyclist, and lifelong patron of the arts.  He currently serves on the WTT Corporate Council Steering Committee.  He also serves as a UTD Advisor, School for the Arts & Humanities.  He served on the Board of the Center for Non-Profit Center in Dallas where he was the Treasurer and Loan Committee Chair.  Prior to joining ABC Bank, Wade held senior positions with PlainsCapital Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, BBVA, and US Trust. 

Corky Pledger
Corky is a long-time resident of Dallas and the Addison-area. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of WaterTower Theatre (2003-2008).  Currently, she serves on the board of the Addison Business Association, the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, and The Civic League among others.  She is a member of the WOW! Steering Committee, the Community Cast Party Steering Committee and has been involved in WaterTower Theatre’s Spotlight Gala every year since its inception. 

About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre has become a theatrical force through its consistent excellence and sharp programming. Combining Broadway-quality productions with the beauty of an intimate playing space, WTT provides experiences that are powerful and insightful, intense and uplifting. WTT provides the community with an opportunity to examine man’s conditions from all perspectives and promotes growth through humor and drama.

Now in its 18th season, WTT began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.3 million, the Company consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 20 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.   This season, WaterTower Theatre was the recipient of six Dallas Fort Worth Critics Association awards including top honors for Best Director, Actor, Actress and Production.

A committed and intrepid producer of new work, the theatre has presented five world premiere productions and thirteen regional premiere productions to date. WTT’s tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fallwith Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Boneby Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life), and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemonand A Country Lifeearned WTT a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WTT is privileged to make its home at the Addison Theatre Centre, an award-winning flexible theatre space that can be reconfigured to accommodate each new production. WaterTower’s expanding artistic vision, deepening service to the community and growing audiences have led to a unique partnership with the Town of Addison, one aimed at the development of an exciting destination for patrons to experience the best in theatrical and performing arts.

WaterTower Theatre is a Constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, a member of the Dallas Theatre League, and a member of the Addison Business Association.

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