Michael Almstedt to Receive The 2019 John Shanken-Kaye Lifetime Achievement Award
Set designer, stage manager, sound designer, actor, and Kelsey Theatre On-Call Production Assistant, Michael Almstedt, will be this year’s recipient of The John Shanken-Kaye Lifetime Achievement Award at The 2019 Kelsey Awards, set to take place Saturday, August 17th at 7pm inside The Kelsey Theatre.
“We are thrilled to recognize Michael with the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Kyrus Keenan Westcott, Producer of The 2019 Kelsey Awards. “His years of dedication and contribution to The Kelsey Theatre and the New Jersey theater community has been immeasurable."
In addition to his duties at The Kelsey Theatre, Michael is also the co-founder of M & M Stage Productions alongside Mike DiIorio. This pair of stage dads became involved in community theatre over a decade ago when their children began auditioning for local plays, and met in 2000 while working on a production of The Sound of Music. The two Mikes have donned a variety of theatrical hats for other companies both onstage and off, having worked as set designers, stage managers, sound designers, and actors. After several years of discussing the possibility of forming their own theatre company, M & M Stage Productions debuted in February 2013 at The Kelsey Theatre with A. R. Gurney's Love Letters. Since then, they have entertained audiences in multiple venues with various different styles of theater - from musicals to dramas to one acts to full lengths.
The 2019 Kelsey Awards, hosted by Kyrus Keenan Westcott and Haley Schmalbach, will take place Saturday, August 17th at 7pm inside The Kelsey Theatre. Tickets for the event are on sale and can be purchased at www.TheKelseyAwards.com.