2018 Marquee Award Winner

Jaston Williams

Congratulations to Writer and Performer, Jaston Williams, recipient of the League of Historic American Theatres' 2018 Marquee Award.

The Paramount Theatre of Austin, Texas was proud to see longtime veteran of their historic stage, Jaston Williams, honored by LHAT. Paramount spokesperson Brooklyn Barbieri reports, "As one of the Conference's host venues, the Paramount is excited to see the award go to an individual who has been performing on the Theatre's stage for over three decades in various productions, most notably in the Greater Tuna series. It can be said that Jaston Williams (along with creative partner Joe Sears and others) truly saved the Paramount during what were trying times for the now 103-year-old theatre."

Williams, a writer and performer, received the LHAT Marquee Award. Established in 2012, the award honors artists whose works not only inspire League members, but also showcases the beautiful, historic theatres that the League works tirelessly to restore and maintain. The recipient of this award is a celebrated artist whose name has lit up the many historic marquees of the member theatres. The award is not necessarily presented annually. Past recipients include Hal Holbrook, Garrison Keillor, and Vince Gill.

Williams is nationally recognized as the co-author, co-star and producer of the four award-winning plays in the Greater Tuna cycle. His performances have played on and off Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., and all over America. Williams received the Texas Governor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a Native Texan and has performed at the White House on three occasions.

The video below was recorded during the 2018 Awards ceremony, hosted by the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, on July 15, 2018.

Jaston Williams

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