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Please join Theatre Bay Area tonight in celebrating the extraordinary contributions of
Idris Ackamoor and Rhodessa Jones to the San Francisco Bay Area theater scene. They will received the coveted Living Legends Award for their decades of work as Co-Artistic Directors of Cultural Odyssey, the internationally renowned, San Francisco-based performance company.
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When Ackamoor founded Cultural Odyssey in 1979, he began to recreate the interdisciplinary, community-based artistic culture he’d observed while traveling and performing around the world. Jones joined in 1983 and together they created original productions that combined music, theatre and dance with a vision of “Art as Social Activism.”
Since its early days, Cultural Odyssey has collaborated with such acclaimed artists as Bill T. Jones, Keith Haring and Ntozake Shange, and provided community-based programs like The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which serves female inmates, ex-inmates, HIV positive women, and community participants.
Both Ackamoor and Jones have received numerous awards during their careers, tonight’s Living Legends award adds deservedly to their reputation and distinction as valued members of the San Francisco Bay Area theatre community.