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BYU's Harold Oaks receives 2004 Medallion of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America

Brigham Young University professor emeritus of theatre and media arts Harold Oaks is being honored with the 2004 Medallion of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.

The medallion honors significant achievement affecting the artistic and professional development of theatre for young people in America.

Recipients of the award include the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts Education Programs; Shari Lewis, creator of "Lamb Chop and Friends"; David Newell and the late Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood"; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oaks will receive the Medallion at the 2004 Children’s Theatre Foundation of America Luncheon, held Thursday, July 29, in the Wasatch Room of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City.

Oaks has held positions as president of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, a global alliance of professional theatre for young audiences based in Stockholm, Sweden, and was department chair of theatre and drama at BYU for more than 12 years.

Oaks was also the associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU, and was named a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 2002.

He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU, and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, with majors in theatre arts. He served as coordinator of the drama/theatre for young people program at BYU.

The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America, founded in 1958, seeks to advance the artistic and professional interests in theatre for children and youth, and theatre education for the young.

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Writer: Rachel M. Sego

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