School of Dance proudly announces Assistant Professor, Tiffany Rhynard’s, recognition at The Television Academy Honors on May 31, 2018 for her documentary film, Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America. Her film is one of seven programs to be awarded a Television Academy Honor for leveraging the dynamic power of television to inspire social change. Forbidden’s run on LogoTV over the past nine months garnered the attention for this award.
The 2018 honorees were selected from a record number of submissions and represent some of the most meaningful and relevant series, programs and documentaries of the past year, including: Andi Mack, Daughters of Destiny, Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, LA 92, One Day at a Time, and 13 Reasons Why.
Television Academy Honors celebrates programming across numerous platforms and genres that addresses the complex challenges and important social issues facing society in a compelling and impactful way. Showrunners and producers are honored for channeling the power of television to explore these issues via captivating and thoughtful storytelling that advances positive change.
Honorees will be recognized at a special presentation and reception held on Thursday evening, May 31, at NeueHouse Hollywood, hosted for the 10th consecutive year by actress, producer and activist Dana Delany.
“It’s been a gift to host Television Academy Honors for the past 10 years. Every year I learn something new and am inspired by the work that is recognized,” said Delany. “With all the places to watch TV now, we have a wealth of human stories to tell. This year’s honorees are very special.”
“Our dynamic television landscape is a catalyst for raising awareness of relevant issues around the globe,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “We are proud to be part of an industry that spreads understanding, uncovers truth, encourages compassion and shines a light on darkness.”
Howard Meltzer, CSA, Governor for the Academy’s Casting Peer Group, chaired this year’s Television Academy Honors selection committee, with Mitch Waldow serving as vice-chair. Honorees represent a diverse spectrum of important issues challenging our world, including sexual harassment, LGBTQ prejudice and acceptance, veterans’ healthcare, teen mental health and suicide, racial discrimination, immigrant rights, and social justice.
Tiffany Rhynard created numerous works for stage and screen. Rhynard’s choreography, dance films, and documentaries have been presented nationwide and internationally. In previous years, Rhynard’s award winning documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, was honored with the Social Justice Film Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Freedom Award from Outfest Film Festival. For additional information, view her website.