OCS Theatre Arts Director Rosalind Allen-Enciso has received an "encore" nomination for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, presented by Carnegie Mellon University and the Tony Awards. This is the second year Allen-Enciso has been nominated for the prestigious honor. The winner will be named at the 2017 Tony Awards national telecast on Sunday, June 11. The award honors K-12 and theatre organization teachers who "discover talented students, nurture them, inspire them, and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals."
"Lean On Me" best describes the theme of this year's submission video which features current and former OCS theatre students attesting to "Mama E's" boundless love and tireless dedication to them and her impact both personally and professionally.
"It is still an honor for me, each and every day to have the privilege of teaching art to these incredible students," she shared. "I am the one who is eternally grateful for all of these amazing kids who come into my life as we work together to further develop their talent within."
Allen-Enciso is one of Oaks Christian School's original faculty members, inspiring students and audiences alike with compelling stories that illuminate the human condition. In the last 17 years she has directed over 50 dramatic, comedic and romantic plays and musicals, including big hits such as "Pippin," "Flowers for Algernon," "Godspell," "West Side Story," " Kiss Me Kate," "The Diary of Anne Frank," and "Hairspray," to name a few.
Her productions have garnered numerous national and local awards and nominations in the categories of directing, producing, lighting, acting and costume design. She has previously won the Best Director honor at the venerated Jerry Herman Awards, a celebration of achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre. Allen-Enciso was the winning director from a field of 13 directors nominated from Southern California high schools, public and private, for her direction of "Godspell."