2018 SBTF Judi Ann Mason
Spirit of Creativity National Award
Dr. King David Godwin has server in higher education for over 40 years. He most recently served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Head of Visual and Performing Arts and as the first Endowed Professor of Theatre at Grambling State University. Dr. Godwin is a native of South Carolina. and holds the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Administration, from Argosy University. the Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Theatre Education from Virginia Tech University, Master of Education, in Secondary Education and Theatre (Bowie State University) and the B.A. in Dramatic and Speech Arts Education (South Carolina State University), and the Certificate in Public Policy and Executive Leadership in Higher Education (Nova Southeastern University). In addition, Dr. Godwin holds membership on the Registry board of examiners for the SACSCOC(SACS) National Accreditation Commission and the National Association of Schools of Theatre Accreditation Evaluators. Over the years He has been the recipient of several fellowships and honors. These include: Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, Salzburg Fellow, twice to Salzburg Austria, Kennedy Center Director Symposium Scholar, Junior Fellow to the Institute for Public Policy and Executive Leadership in Higher Education and Guest of the Antiguan Government to review and give consultation on Theaatre Arts and Management. Dr. Godwin has published in several peer
journals (Black Masks, Encore, C-Span, Mississippi Philological Association, NADSA Journal) and has directed over 1000 dramatic and musical productions.
2018 SBTF Regional Trailblazer Award
Robert Alford is a regional director, producer and an Associate Professor in the Department of Arts & Media at LSU Shreveport where he teaches theatre and public speaking. He is a graduate of LSU and the Yale School of Drama. His previous productions include Doubt, A Raisin in the Sun, Inherit the Wind, A Lesson Before Dying, East Texas Hot Links, Burn This, The First Breeze of Summer, Family Planning, Beyond Therapy, Oleanna, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress, Tidewater, and Southern Girls at LSU Shreveport; Summers In Suﬀolk at LSU Shreveport, Norfolk State University, the Contemporary Arts Center and Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble; Fences at Shreveport Little Theatre (1997 & 2012); Crowns, The Colored Museum, Stick Fly, Yellowman, A Soldier’s Story, and Home with Mahogany Ensemble Theatre, The Sweet Life at Yale Rep, A Summer Romance and A Summer Memory at the Mark Taper Forum; Life During Wartime at the Burbage Theatre; and A Summer Memory at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, Inner City Cultural Center and UCLA.
2018 SBTF Local Trailblazer Award
Vincent Williams began his artistic training at an early age under the guidance of Hattie Wade, a retired music instructor for Caddo Schools and music director for the Galilee Baptist Church. Vincent has also studied with world famed past playwright Judi Ann Mason. Vincent has directed numerous of plays throughout the Shreveport area. He has also directed award winning productions for Mississippi Valley State University, Southern University Shreveport, and Wiley College. He is presently employed by Caddo Parish Schools as a theatre instructor. He is also the owner and CEO of Extensions of Excellence Performing Arts Inc. where the company produces quality theatre for the region. Vincent is a member of the Caddo Association of Educators, Louisiana Education Association, National Education Association, NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and a life member of Grambling Alumni Association. Vincent is a member of the Galilee Baptist Church where he sings in the Chancel Choir. He is a graduate of Grambling State University.