March 30, 2001

SWC Theatre Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Chula Vista, CA — Southwestern College theatre professor William Virchis is this year's recipient of the prestigious Shiley Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre given at the Fourth Annual KPBS Patté Awards.

The Patté Awards for Theatre Excellence, which were founded by KPBS theatre critic Pat Launer, honors the contributions of groups and individuals to the San Diego theatre. The event is the only program of its kind that celebrates the achievements of theatre artists in San Diego County.

Virchis, who serves on the Chula Vista Commission for Arts and Culture and is president of the Horton Plaza Theatre Foundation, has also been selected to serve on the California Arts Council Granting Panel for multicultural entry grants.

The SWC professor has directed and/or produced more than 250 plays, and is the former artistic director of Teatro Meta, a Latino training program at the Old Globe Theatre. His most recent theatrical project was the world college premiere of the musical review "Latin Twist."

Virchis has received numerous awards for theatre excellence and for his contributions to education and the Latino Community. Southwestern College awarded him the Professional Leadership award, and the cities of El Cajon, San Diego and Chula Vista honored him with key to the cities. He has also received the Latino-Latina Indigenous Coalition Award and the Hispanic Association of Communication Employer Contribution accolade. The American College of Theatre Association named him Theatre Professor of the Year, and he has been inducted in the Who Who's Among American Teachers.

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