Stana Katic To Receive Alumni Award for Excellence in the Arts

Amy Morton (the Steppenwolf Theatre actress and director who has starred on Broadway in both "August: Osage County" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"), and S. Epatha Merkerson (the Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress who starred on TV's "Law and Order"), will be the recipients of the 2013 Awards for Excellence in the Arts when The Theatre School of DePaul University presents its 25th annual gala benefit April 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Place.

The two recipients of the Alumni Award for Excellence in the Arts will be Stana Katic (star of the hit ABC-TV series "Castle," and the upcoming film, "CBGB"), and Paul Miller (the Broadway lighting designer).

The annual awards ceremony recognizes distinguished artists and visionaries who have proven their dedication, talent, and leadership in support of the arts.

This year's event, to be hosted by Dexter Bullard, the gifted director who serves as Head of Graduate Acting at The Theatre School, also will present Allstate Insurance Company with the Leadership Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Tickets for the benefit are $500 per person, with tables for 10 starting at $5,000. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, call DePaul University's Office of Advancement at (312) 362-8455, or email
The event benefits The Theatre School's Scholarship Fund, which provides necessary financial assistance to the young artists-in-training at the school.

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