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2011.08.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Paterson Honored by National Theatre Association

Omaha - Doug Paterson, a faculty member in the Department of Theatre at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has been recognized by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Paterson received the 2011 Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement award Aug. 11 at a special ceremony in Chicago.

Community-based theatre has been Paterson’s passion since the 1970s, when he and a small group created the Dakota Theatre Caravan in South Dakota.

In 1983, while still working summers with the Dakota Theatre Caravan, Paterson, alongside UNO students and faculty, launched The Circle Theatre. The Circle Theatre produced the well-known “Diner Theatre” for nine years and continues to offer a yearly season of productions.

Paterson was an initial member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in 1986 and helped launch the Theatre and Social Change Forum Group (TASC) in 1988 to better network theatre activists around the country.

In Omaha, Paterson has helped create OPTIONs (Omaha Public Theatre in Our Neighborhoods) and beginning in 1995 four Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed national conferences held at the Kiewit Conference Center in downtown Omaha. Since then he has organized three more PTO conferences in Omaha.

Globally, he has traveled to a variety of countries for workshop residences and presentations, including Brazil, Australia, Canada, Israel, Iraq, Liberia, India, Palestine and Croatia.

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