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WMU graduate honored for theatre work

Oct. 1, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University alumna Elyse Mirto took home honors for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards ceremony recently.

Her performance in "Any Day Now," produced by the Writer's Forum at Manhattan Theatre Source, was recognized by the organization that advocates Off-Off-Broadway theatrical productions or those typically in theatres with fewer than 100 seats.

Mitro, a 1991 WMU graduate of music theatre performance, received the award Sept. 21 at the Fifth Annual IT Awards Ceremony at New World Stages in New York City. A total of 19 awards and three honorary awards were presented.

A second WMU alumna, Brynn Curry, also was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role for her work in "Like You Like It," produced by The Gallery Players. Curry is a 2008 WMU graduate of music theatre performance.

The IT Awards are given annually to honor individuals and organizations who have achieved artistic excellence in Off-Off-Broadway theatre and recognize the unique role these performances play in contributing to American and global culture.

For more information on the awards, visit nyitawards.com.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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