Company of Angels (CoA), which was co-founded in 1959 by actor Leonard Nimoy, one of the renowned stars of Star Trek, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary as Los Angeles’ oldest non profit professional theater now headquartered at the historic Alexandria Hotel in downtown LA.
CoA is readying to celebrate this milestone in the history of Los Angeles Theater – with a prestigious Charity Awards Gala slated for October 17, 2009 which will honor actor Leonard Nimoy for his role as a founding member as well as veteran actor Robert Ellenstein. The Award Gala is produced by actress Marlene Forte who sits on the board of CoA as Artistic Director. Marlene Forte was recently seen on the big screen beaming people away as the first Latina Chief Transporter in JJ Abrams’ blockbuster film “Star Trek”.
The award -The Leonard Nimoy Angel - named after actor Leonard Nimoy, is an award bestowed on individuals and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to theater in Los Angeles, and to Company of Angels, in particular.
“I’m looking forward to celebrating Company of Angels’ 50th Anniversary Award Ceremony and Gala.” Nimoy says of this special event in which he is proud to be a part of.
Always dedicated to the exploration of a diversity of perspectives, COA is uniquely multi-cultural with members reflecting the various ethnic groups that make up the City of Angels. As the first repertory company in LA, it was originally incorporated by legendary entertainment attorney Bertram Fields and included actors Richard Chamberlain and Vic Morrow – it also had veteran actor Robert Ellenstein as its first artistic director. Other notable current members include actress Marlene Forte (JJ Abrams Star Trek), Armando Molina, Justin Hueng and acclaimed playwright Oliver Mayer (Blade to the Heat).
Check out the official website to learn more about The Company of Angels