Affairs to Remember, Atlanta's greenest caterer, announced on World Theatre Day—Tuesday, March 27, 2018—that three of its own were recognized with Working Title Playwrights' annual distinguished Ovation Award.
The Ovation Award is given each year by Working Title Playwrights to applaud and recognize those who have notably helped advance the organization's mission of developing new plays and playwrights.
This year's award has been bestowed upon Patrick Cuccaro, Elisa Clayton and Jim Walsh for their roles in launching, executing and expanding the unique employee referral program between Working Title Playwrights and Affairs to Remember. Through this program, Working Title Playwrights has been able to raise funds to grow its base of playwrights and new programs, giving voice to more than 150 Atlanta artists and the audiences and communities they serve.
Hank Kimmel, president of Working Title Playwrights, said, "The generosity of Affairs to Remember has been remarkable. Through this program we’'e been able to expand both the depth and scope of our programming, allowing us to diversify our roster of playwrights in terms of age, gender, race, nationality and, most importantly, artistic sensibility. Plus, this program has been able to provide flexible and first-rate employment to artists who might not otherwise be able to sustain their artistic ambition. We are also proud to have the support of a company the caliber of Affairs to Remember."
The employee referral program includes a grant of $1 per hour worked by employees who are members or allies of Working Title Playwrights. Each candidate is required to go through the company's usual steps of passing a criminal background check and successfully navigating the interview process.
Patrick Cuccaro, Managing Director, Affairs to Remember—also an award-winning playwright, an actor and a singer—said, "Designing and catering a special event is much like the performing arts in that you plan (write), stage (rehearse), and execute (perform) a special event. To have the opportunity to do both is rewarding on many levels, whether creating a lifetime memory for a client or laying the foundation for an actor's successful career. We're honored to be recognized for our part in making this happen at Working Title Playwrights."
Before Patrick Cuccaro's nearly 30 years of service at Affairs to Remember he was the owner of the former Showcase Cabaret Theatre in Atlanta and continues playwriting today. Elisa Clayton is a budding playwright; recently won the company's distinguished 'Outstanding New Employee' award; and is Affairs' Director of First Impressions. Jim Walsh is a veteran stage manager and set builder and serves in Affairs' Service and Operations departments.
About Working Title Playwrights Working Title Playwrights' mission is, "To provide playwrights with the opportunity to excel at their craft by fostering an environment that nurtures the creation of powerful, thought-provoking and relevant plays that bring new, diverse voices to the local and national stage." Working Title Playwrights offers staged readings, master classes, new development panels and bi-monthly critique sessions to create opportunities for playwrights to develop their plays and their craft. These events bring theatre artists together and make it possible for local producers, directors and actors to connect with member playwrights for future development and production.
About Affairs to Remember Affairs to Remember Caterers is one of the largest privately held, full-service luxury catering companies in the United States and is Atlanta's greenest caterer. Our award-winning services include expertise in off-premise catering, site selection, décor, music, entertainment, tent rental, lighting, linens, ice carvings and photography. Our 40 years of success can be attributed to the company's innovative menus, impeccable service, attention to detail, and reliability. Clients count on us to guide them through an exciting, memorable experience. For more information, please call (404) 872-7859 or visit www.affairs.com.