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NMSU theater professor wins top honors

New Mexico State University theater arts professor emeritus Mark Medoff was recently named one of seven outstanding leaders by the College of Fellows of the American Theatre (ATF).


Medoff will be inducted into the ATF at a ceremony on April 25 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Membership into the ATF is one of the highest honors theater educators and professionals can confer on their peers.

Medoff, who is a dramatist-in-residence at NMSU, taught for 27 years and co-founded the NMSU American Southwest Theatre Company. Medoff is best known for his 1980 Tony award-winning play, "Children of a Lesser God." His movie script for the play also was nominated for an Academy Award.

Medoff won an Ace Award for his HBO premiere movie, "Apology," and an Obie award for his 1973 play, "When you Comin' Back, Red Ryder."

Medoff has received the New Mexico Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts, and the Westhafer Award, NMSU's most prestigious lifetime achievement award for faculty teaching, research and creative activity.

Medoff holds degrees from the University of Miami and Stanford. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Gallaudet University.

The College of Fellows of the American Theatre was founded in 1965 to recognize life achievement and distinguished service to the professional and educational theater. There are currently 175 members.

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