FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
May 25, 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Candace D. Reese Envision Global (678) 367-3117 C.Reese@EnviGlobal.com www.EnviGlobal.com
NATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED PERFORMING ARTIST EZRA EZZARD FROM ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER (AAADT) RETURNS TO ATLANTA AS ARTISITC DIRECTOR FOR AREA: ATLANTA’S RESOURCE FOR ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS
ATLANTA, GA – AREA: Atlanta’s Resource for Entertainment & Arts is proud to welcome the extremely talented, nationally-acclaimed Ezra Ezzard as Artistic Director. Recognized nationally through television and
print appearances, his elegant virtuosity has captivated audiences on stages from Atlanta to New York.
Prior to returning to the Atlanta area, Ezra served as Production Assistant of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, under the direction of world renowned Artistic Director, Judith Jamison. The addition of the multifaceted performing artist brings another sophisticated element to the already highly-anticipated, innovative arts and entertainment center. An Atlanta native, Ezra embarked upon his artistic journey as a musician, and later began studying dance at McClendon School of Dance. From the moment he played his first note on trombone, he realized his life eventually would revolve around the arts. He is a graduate of Tri-cities High School as an honors student in the VPA Magnet Program, and is an honors graduate of Fordham University, where he was a student in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program. A Lafarge Scholar, Ezra has studied and performed works by world-renowned artists, such as Alvin Ailey, Hope Boykin, Ronald K. Brown, Jaculyn Buglisi, Christopher Huggins, Max Luna III, Freddie Moore, and Matthew Rushing. Ezra performed “Loose Change,” by renowned talent, Taye Diggs. Ezra was a guest dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ailey’s “Memoria,” and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Aeros Quartet in May of 2008. Versatile and professional, Ezra has worked in technical theatre production and stage management with AAADT, where he successfully called light cues for famous Ailey repertory. In addition to his dance accomplishments, he assisted conductor Eric Reed and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra during
Ailey’s 50th Anniversary Season. His focus now is to bring arts advocacy and education to the community of Atlanta, in addition to the production of stellar performances.
When asked about returning to Atlanta and his new position with AREA, Ezra replies, “I’m excited about the
launch of AREA as the place where artists thrive! It has always been a dream to return to Atlanta and build the Atlanta arts community as an international haven for visual and performing arts. I also look forward to working with our government and community leaders in the Arts and Entertainment communities to create more opportunities for all people to experience the arts, and provide the highest caliber of performance for arts lovers in Atlanta and beyond.”
Nestled between Morningside & Buckhead of Atlanta, and right off of the I-85 interstate, AREA is a multi-floor facility, consisting of 7500 square feet, and is set to launch June 2009 with a Star Visions Workshop for youth.
What people are saying about Ezra Ezzard:
“Ezra Ezzard is an amazing young talent. I met him among a sea of young dancers and he stood out immediately with a powerful and captivating presence. Soon, I realized that my hunch about his awesome potential was right. He is a well-educated intelligent individual with wisdom beyond his years. I have found Mr. Ezzard to be a daring young visionary embarking on an amazing future as artistic director and a pioneer in the arts and entertainment industries. Not only is he an amazing artist, he is also a loving and caring human being with infectious passion. His generous and inspiring spirit will serve the Atlanta community well and I look forward to watching this young leader shine.” – Aubrey Lynch II, Former Associate Producer of the Lion King "In my years of performing and teaching I have come across many young artists, but none have compared to Ezra Ezzard. Mr Ezzard is a young visionary that has an excellent balance of talent and expertise. Because he is so gifted in so many areas of the performing arts, it gives him an insight that will enhance and inspire the arts community in Atlanta. He is grounded because of his experience has an openness and sincerity that is required of a true leader. I feel that Mr. Ezzard is capable of not only taking the Atlanta arts community to another level, but I also strongly believe that he will be able to develop and create new ways of keeping art alive in Atlanta." – Mathew Rushing, Principal Dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Ezra Ezzard is a true Renaissance man. His dedication to the Arts both on and off the stage is exceptional. Both AREA and Atlanta are lucky to have him back in the community." – Kristin Colvin Young, Stage Manager, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
For all media inquiries, speaking engagements, appearances, conferences and seminars regarding Ezra Ezzard and AREA, please send your request to Candace D. Reese via email at C.Reese@EnviGlobal.com or via phone at (678) 367-3117.
ABOUT AREA: ATLANTA’s RESOURCE for ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS Atlanta's premiere Resource for Entertainment & Arts (AREA) is an exclusive, multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts complex where Dance, Music and Drama collide. Equipped with state of the art technology, black sprung floors, and a recording studio, AREA was created for the performing arts and entertainment enthusiast, and designed to accommodate exclusive clientele of all ages to learn all aspects of the Arts. AREA is where the Arts live! The AREA web site is www.myAREAatlanta.com.
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