The list of recipients of the Medallion Award from the Children’s Theater Foundation of America (CTFA), which already included Dr. Seuss, Mr. Rogers, Charles Schulz and Tony Randall, got just a little more impressive on June 18 when Millersville’s own Barry Kornhauser received the prestigious award.
The “Orlin Corey” Medallion Award, recognized as the highest award in the field of theater for young audiences, is just one of a laundry list of awards that Kornhauser has accepted during his career. The honors bestowed upon Kornhauser include the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup Award, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play, Ivey Playwriting Award, two American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) Distinguished Play Awards, the Bonderman Playwriting Prize and numerous grants for his works.
Kornhauser, a nationally recognized playwright, spent over 30 years working at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster before coming to the Ware Center in 2012.
“When I found out he was looking for a new opportunity, one that would really target right in on his enormous talent, drive and desires, I felt I couldn’t let that opportunity pass,” said Harvey Owen, director of the Ware Center. “It would be good for the Ware Center, Millersville University and Lancaster.”
Kornhauser now works at the Ware and Winter Centers as the family arts collaborative manager. The Family Arts Collaborative initiative, which began upon Kornhauser’s hiring in 2012, was created to target families and local child-service providers, focusing on the at-risk and underprivileged in the community.
During his two years at Millersville University, Kornhauser has been responsible for bringing a multitude of programs to campus. Included is the “Musical Moments” program, which offered piano lessons to veterans free of charge, and M-Uth Theater, an ensemble consisting of disadvantaged, at-risk youths or those living with disabilities. Kornhauser also specially designed summer performing arts camps, dubbed “Arts Smarts Camps,” for Lancaster County’s youths.
According to the CTFA website, the Medallion Award is given out annually to “recipients for their significant achievements for the enrichment of children in the United States and Canada through nurturing artistic work in theatre and the arts.” The award will be presented to Kornhauser at the 2014 AATE Conference in Denver, Colo., on Friday, August 1.