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Spark Spotlight: O’Connell & Company, Organization of the Year Finalist

[Note: ASI’s 7th Annual Spark Awards has been rescheduled to Monday, November 16, 2020.]

O’Connell & Company Productions is a finalist for this year’s Spark Award for Arts Organization of the Year, an award that honors a nonprofit or for-profit arts organization for its achievements in the preceding year. O’Connell & Company is dedicated to entertaining through education, empowerment, and the creation of an inclusive community of professional and rising artists. Now celebrating its 25th season, the  nonprofit professional performing arts organization has enriched thousands of Western New York lives by producing a variety of musicals, plays, popular classics, regional premieres, and original works with a special focus on gender parity in the arts.

O’Connell & Company was founded in 1995 by award-winning actress Mary Kate O’Connell.

O’Connell & Company was founded in 1995 by award-winning actress Mary Kate O’Connell. Its previous performances have included an all-female production of 1776: The Musical, a regional premiere of The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein, Little Shop of Horrors, Baby, Nunsense, I Do! I Do!, Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Buffalo ZINGS: Hot, Tedium & Wild!, and the O’Connell & Company original DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women!, which has become Western New York’s longest-running production with it currently seeing its 20th season. The company recently relocated to the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons at 3200 Elmwood Avenue in Tonawanda, New York.

The Theatre School at O’Connell & Company was scheduled to formally launch in the spring of 2020 and produce year-round workshops, camps, classes and more for youth, adults, and seniors of all levels and experience. Due to challenges resulting from COVID-19, the company has rescheduled all of its spring productions and workshops, but is looking forward to the future when our region’s arts community can once again thrive.

For more information on ASI’s seventh annual Spark Awards, visit the Spark page of our website.


Learn more about ASI’s 7th Annual Spark Awards.

[Please note that ASI is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and its potential impact on this year’s Spark Awards on November 16. In the meantime, we still feel it’s important to spotlight the important work of our many honorees.]


Spark Awards 2020 Honorees & Finalists

We are excited to announce the 2020 Spark Awards honorees and finalists:

Arts Organization of the Year Finalists
1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center
O’Connell & Company
Unique Theatre Co.

Artist of the Year Finalists
JoAnn Falletta
Chris J. Handley
Edreys Wajed

Arts Integration
The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Oishei Children’s Hospital

DEC Program of the Year
Lewiston Council on the Arts’ Iroquois Market

Lifetime Achievement
Vincent O’Neill, Irish Classical Theatre Co.

Rising Star
West Falls Center for the Arts

Supporter of the Cultural Sector
Joel Feroleto, Buffalo Common Council Member, Delaware District

Trailblazer of the Arts
Michele Agosto, Buffalo Public Schools

Unsung Hero
Beth Pedersen, Buffalo Society of Artists

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