Theater faculty member David Kwiat, is honored for his contribution to theater

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Davod Kwiat the professor recognized in the article sitting in class viewing a student.New World School of the Arts theater faculty David Kwiat has been honored with the 2016 award for Outstanding Contribution to Florida's Colleges and Universities. Bestowed by the Florida Theatre Conference, the award recognizes contributing efforts in the area of Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, University/College Theatre, Theatre for Youth, and High School Theatre.
 
"To be recognized by one's peers is always the greatest honor," expressed Kwiat. "I gladly share this honor with all the faculty and staff in the Theater Division as well as our Dean because I know that each and every one of our committed faculty strives daily for the betterment of the students we serve. For the past 27 years, the prize has always been the privilege of teaching at New World School of the Arts."
 
Created in 1986, the program allows the general membership board to nominate candidates based upon their service to the organization and field in the state of Florida, while making a difference in their area. The honor will be presented to David during a ceremony on Saturday, November 5, 2016, in the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.
 
David Kwiat is the recipient of an Endowed Teaching Chair and his many performances in South Florida have earned him two Carbonell Awards. Other recognitions include the New Times Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards and the Bill Hindman Award for long-term career achievement in the South Florida Arts Community. In addition to Kwiat's noteworthy career in theater, he has authored John Barrymore: Confessions of an Actor - performed at the Edinburgh International Theater Festival, The King's Head Theatre in London and throughout the United States. Kwiat's collection of poetry, A Traveler in Residence, was also performed at the New Theatre's Miami in the Millennium Play Festival.
 
Currently, professor Kwiat is starring in Markus Potter and David Holthouse's adaptation of the riveting true story "Stalking the Bogeyman." In the roles of Robert Holthouse - the protagonist's father, and Emmit - a gun dealer, David delivers a stellar performance in a play that explores the darkest corners of human behavior and exposes the hidden truths of sexual abuse. Stalking the Bogeyman is playing at GableStage through August 28, under the meticulous direction of Joseph Adler.
 
Meanwhile, the audience can also catch an evening of David Kwiat's prose during a reading of his original poetry. "As an actor, teacher and poet, I love both the spoken and written word." Said Kwiat. "As a performer, I am keenly aware of my audience and I think that informs my poetry a lot. As an actor the last thing I would ever want to do is bore an audience. Poetry is no different. I want to convey a concise message and make sure there is a palpable impact. As a writer, I want the reader to journey through my life experience as a mirror of their own personal history." Poetry reading takes place on August 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM. GableStage at the Biltmore. 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables. Reading is free and general seating is open to the public.
 
About the NWSA Theater program: Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing onstage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.
 
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
 
Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3541 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
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