At the ceremony to bestow the ACCA Award on the chorus of Once on this Island, Actors’ Equity Second Vice President and ACCA Chair Jen Cody presented an additional honor: the award for Outstanding Contribution to Chorus went to Rebecca Kim Jordan, who previously held the role.
The award was a surprise to Jordan, who said, “It has been a privilege to represent this body of artists throughout the years,” upon accepting the award. “Someone said that we are storytellers. And when words are not enough, we sing. And when singing isn’t enough, we dance. In this climate that does not support the Union, and does not support artists, we need to keep singing and keep dancing louder and faster and more!”
“Her voice constantly reminds producers – and the Council sometimes – that the chorus is vital,” Cody said when presenting the award. “She is a tireless champion of the dance captain, she champions the swing – she created swing day! She is street smart but kind, dignity with a little bit of scrappiness, and I hope to emulate her in an attempt to fill those big shoes.”
This award is a special one, bestowed only when the ACCA feels there is someone who deserves to be so honored for significant contributions to the Chorus and to the ACCA.