PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)–South Campus theater department chair, George Jaber, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on October 10, 2010 from The Pittsburgh New Works Festival. The CCAC South professor has participated in the New Works Festival during each of its 20 years.
Jaber is currently the head of the theater department at CCAC South and has been with the college for nearly 30 years. He took part in the Festival’s inaugural season in 1988 and has been an active producer every year since. Jaber began his professional career in theater at Point Park College as technical director of its Playhouse in 1979 and joined CCAC South in 1982. He has taught acting, speech, technical theater and stage management. In 1989, he began doing carpentry for movies and has since built on over 30 movie, television and commercial sets. He has served as president of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employers Studio Mechanics Local 489 and is also a board member of the new PA Film Industry Association. He has trained and recommended over 25 students for employment in films.
Last year, Jaber launched a series of classes at CCAC to prepare students for careers as film and theater technicians. “Even if they end up in other careers, they will have useful skills for their futures,” Jaber stated. Through the years, he has directed and produced more than 300 shows and served as both technical director and carpenter on 200 theatrical productions and films.
The Pittsburgh New Works Festival 20th Anniversary Gala event and awards ceremony will be held at the Doubletree Hotel downtown on October 10 at 6:00p.m.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.