Saturday, July 19, the Village Playhouse held our annual membership meeting at Inspiration Studios. It was very well attended....perhaps 60 members and friends in attendance brought a wide variety of dishes to share. A new board was elected and discussion was held about some upcoming developments. The meeting ended with the distribution of the Encore Awards....honoring those who participated in the One Act Festival with certifcates that celebrated categories such as Favorite Script, Favorite Actor, Favorite Actress, Favorite Director, Favorite Set Design. Some write-in awards were presented for performances as TREES, for YOUTH ACTORS, for BEST CRYING. It was fun. And the Byrll Hoelke Award...which is somewhat of a lifetime achievement award for going above and beyond the call of duty... was awarded to yours truly....which was really quite the surprise! Thanks to VPW for the recognition and for making me blush! -Erico
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Erico Ortiz was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico and was raised in Milwaukee. He earned his undergraduate degree at Marquette University (Spanish Education) and a Masters Degree from UW-Milwaukee (Administrative Leadership). After working for Milwaukee Public Schools (teacher, administrator) for 33 years, it was time for retirement and a new direction.