Making Waves Award
FAU's School of the Arts' Making Waves Award recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the arts.
André De Shields
In a career spanning more than 40 years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. He is the recipient of the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival Living Legend Award and the 2009 AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical (Male). In 1975, De Shields was cast in the title role of "The Wiz." Additional Broadway credits include "Ain't Misbehavin," "The Full Monty," "Play On," and "Prymate." His film and television credits include "Extreme Measures," "Sex And The City," "Cosby," and more. He also served as adjunct and distinguished visiting professor at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he taught Shakespeare and designed an Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop.
Charles Strouse is a three–time Tony Award winner ("Annie," "Applause," "Bye Bye Birdie"), a two–time Emmy Award winner, and his cast recordings have earned him two Grammy Awards. He has been inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame. His song "Those Were the Days" launched over 200 episodes of "All in the Family" and continues to reach new generations of television audiences in syndication. "Annie" opens on Broadway this fall, with previews starting in October, and Strouse is actively involved with the creative team in the production.