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Music and theatre artist Michael Doherty named the 2014 recipient of The Playhouse Honours

by on July 29, 2014

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The Board of Directors of the Fredericton Playhouse is pleased to announce that music and theatre artist Michael Doherty has been named the 2014 recipient of The Playhouse Honours.

A gifted musician, composer, sound designer, producer and musical director, Doherty has made an outstanding contribution to the local performing arts scene and continues to develop his artistry and skill working in live theatre and music both locally and nationally.

President of The Fredericton Playhouse Board of Directors, Patrick Flanagan, couldn’t be happier with this year’s recipient. Says Flanagan, “Mike has become a fixture in the local music and theatre communities, most significantly in every type of Playhouse event imaginable, and across the Maritimes and elsewhere in Canada, too. His work is original, eclectic, and often simply brilliant. We are proud to have him as the 2014 recipient of The Playhouse Honours.”

A native of Fredericton, Michael Doherty’s professional career has seen him playing in and leading award-winning bands (Dub Antenna, Ujamma) and jazz ensembles, producing recordings, composing scores, creating sound design/composition for the theatre and providing musical direction for numerous ensembles and musical theatre productions.

Doherty is currently the resident composer/sound designer and music director for Theatre New Brunswick (TNB) and runs his own sound-recording studio (SingingDog Studio) which has been in operation for more than 13 years. His work with TNB extends to their theatre school programs where he acts as a director and mentor to students. He has worked with high schools, universities and various other organizations both as an educator and as a contributor to performing arts programs and activities.

One of his most notable contributions to the Fredericton community has been his involvement with Christmas @theplayhouse – a large-scale local production which he co-founded in 2001. Over its 13-year history, Doherty collaborated on each original script, wrote and arranged musical numbers and provided musical direction.

“I always feel very at home and inspired when I’m at the Playhouse,” says Doherty. “The building oozes history and the people that work there are top notch.  I was therefore pleased and honoured to receive this recognition from a place that means so much to me.”

Established in 2008, the Playhouse Honours is given annually to an individual selected by the Fredericton Playhouse Board of Directors. Generously sponsored by Atlantic Mediaworks, the program recognizes an individual’s involvement in the performing arts in Fredericton, fostering a deeper appreciation of the value that people can bring to community life through their work in music, theatre, dance, spoken word and multidisciplinary performing arts. A permanent display in the west gallery of the Playhouse recognizes the honourees.

Previous recipients of The Playhouse Honours include Ilkay Silk, Brent Staeben, Philip Sexsmith, Walter Learning, Mabel Doak and Bonnie Kilburn.

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