Osher Instructor Beverly Olevin receives UCLA Extension’s Distinguished Instructor Award for 2011

On Thursday, May 19, 2011, Beverly Olevin received a UNEX Distinguished Instructor Award for 2011. Beverly was recognized for her abundance of talent, enthusiasm and energy that she brings to the courses she teaches for Osher. An accomplished novelist, playwright, director, and consultant, Beverly was the Osher program’s first Artist-in-Residence in 2008-2009. Her series, The Play’s The Thing, received rave reviews from Osher members, and a new version on the History of Comedy is being offered starting this Thursday, May 26, 2011. The student experience is enhanced in Beverly’s courses by the performance of dynamic scenes from contemporary and classic plays. Lectures and discussions focus on the role of theater throughout history and the basic human need to share and learn from each other’s stories.

Beverly Olevin’s latest work of fiction entitled, “The Good Side of Bad” (published by White River Press) was named Best Fiction for 2010 by Kirkus Discoveries. This quote from Beverly’s webpage sums up nicely the level of commitment Beverly has to her craft and the quality experience students can expect:

“ . . . The greatest satisfaction and even joy in writing for me comes when the characters I have created slowly become so real to me that they are capable of making their own choices, continually surprising and teaching me in the process.”

Beverly was nominated for the award by former Director of the Community Services Department, Catherine Showalter, and Osher Program Director, Cristine Bruzzone, who joined Beverly and her husband, Marc, in the celebration.

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