PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is pleased to announce several Pittsburgh New Works Festival awards for the original production, Shaving Lessons and Half Windsor Knots. The play, written by CCAC–South Campus adjunct speech instructor FJ Hartland, explores the lifelong relationship between a son and his father.
The play collected five awards at the festival, including: Dan Krack, Outstanding Supporting Actor; Jim Scriven, Outstanding Actor; Lora Oxenreiter, Outstanding Director; FJ Hartland, Outstanding Playwright; and CCAC South Campus, Outstanding Production. The awards were presented at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival 20th Anniversary Gala on October 10.
Also honored at the event was CCAC South Campus theater department chair George Jaber, who receive a lifetime achievement award. Through the years, Jaber has directed and produced more than 300 shows and served as both technical director and carpenter on 200 theatrical productions and films. He has also been involved with the New Works Festival since its inaugural season over 20 years ago.
The presentation of the lifetime achievement award was preceded by a 30-minute medley of songs that have been featured throughout Jaber’s tenure with the South Campus theater department. Eight of his former students performed the medley.
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.