San Jose / CALIFORNIA
Kevin R. Hauge, now celebrating his 20th anniversary as Artistic Director for Children’s Musical Theater San Jose (CMT San Jose), will receive the 2016 Legacy Laureate Award from Silicon Valley Creates honoring lifetime artistic achievement and community impact. Each year Silicon Valley Creates, an organization comprised of a network of leaders who care about the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Silicon Valley, bestows awards on distinctive members of the South Bay arts community.
Kevin was acknowledged for his artistic vision and commitment to the arts community in Silicon Valley and helping to create an organization that is inclusive and strives for excellence in all they produce. Over the past two decades at CMT San Jose, Kevin has worked with more than 10,000 young performers and reached more than 50,000 audience members. Kevin’s innovative approach to productions includes incorporating modern techniques and technology. Kevin’s passion, vision and spirit are a dynamic engine that inspires and motivates not only those who work with him but the community he serves.
Some of Kevin’s most recent and noteworthy productions from CMT include American Idiot, Ragtime, Les Miserables, Rent, Miss Saigon, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Disney’s Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid, among others, many of which CMT was the first amateur theater company to receive rights to produce.
CMT San Jose Board Chair Joy Osborne’s response to Kevin’s award was “CMT’s Board of Directors is thrilled that Kevin Hauge is being recognized with this honor. His artistic vision and commitment to inclusivity and excellence impacts thousands of youth in our community each year and this honor is so well deserved.”
Each Laureate receives a cash award to celebrate and encourage the continuing development of their artistic work – one of the rare cash awards for artistic career accomplishment in the Bay Area south of San Francisco. Since 1991, more than 150 artists have received an Artist Laureate Award.
This year’s award ceremony is April 11 at 6:30 pm at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza. For more information, visit www.svcreates.org