Best Performing Arts Overachiever

Elise Wilkinson

Staff Pick

Since when does a company that specializes in Shakespeare rep do its moonlighting with a guerilla environmental production in a Dilworth condo? Since Wilkinson and her envelope-ripping Collaborative Arts decreed it shall with Bad Dates last fall, the coolest event of the season. In just over a year, with an impressive array of talent, Collaborative Arts has reinvented The Green with winsome free outdoor presentations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It. Wilkinson and Collaborative have won multiple kudos from the Loaf and the Metrolina Theatre Association — plus a whopping $49K grant from the Women’s Impact Fund, clamoring for an encore.

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