Honoring Ms. Debbie Allen

NOVEMBER 17, 2017

The Muehlebach Marriott Downtown
6:00 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception with Ms. Allen
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Award Presentation

One part of the Race, Place & Diversity Symposium series. See also Symposium and Town Hall.

KCFAA’s newest event will bring together the Kansas City community to honor national advocates for diversity and inclusivity in America.

Join us as we celebrate our inaugural honoree, Ms. Debbie Allen, for her lifetime contributions to diversity in the arts. Ms Allen, a BFA graduate of Howard University in Theater and Classical Greek Studies, is an award-winning director/choreographer who has choreographed the Academy Awards a record ten times. She has directed and choreographed for legendary artists such as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gwen Verdon, Lena Horne, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Ms. Allen received the Golden Globe for her role as Lydia Grant in the 1980s hit series Fame, and is a three-time Emmy Award winner in Choreography for the series Fame and The Motown 25th. Awarded ten Image Awards as director, actress, choreographer and producer for Fame, A Different World, Motown 25th, The Academy Awards, The Debbie Allen Special and Amistad, she has also directed the best that Network TV offers, including Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Jane The Virgin, Empire and currently serves as directing Executive Producer of Grey’s Anatomy where she also holds a recurring role as Catherine Avery. She is daughter of Vivian Ayers and Dr. Andrew Allen, wife to NBA All-Star Norman Nixon and mother of Vivian and Thump.