Mourns the Loss of


Photo: Sam Damiano. Courtesy of Mary Damiano

According to Florida Theater On Stage, “Yet another member of the South Florida theater community has taken a final bow: Ellen Davis, who embodied the passionate, unflappably outspoken, painfully honest, totally supportive mentor, director, actress, fan, Carbonell nominator, and teacher who made a difference to thousands and thousands of arts students at New World School of the Arts. Short and slight in physical stature but tall and epic in her place in the community. The stage is a little dimmer tonight.”

Ellen Davis was a proud recipient of the Pioneer Remy Award from The South Florida Theatre League, and award-winning playwright Michael McKeever remembers her online as “indomitable…smart, sassy and full of life.. until the very end, she was a force to be reckoned with. There are countless students and artists whose lives she has touched and enriched.”

She will be greatly missed.

Many thanks to former Carbonell Managing Director Mary Damiano for this photo.

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About The Carbonell Awards:

The Carbonell Awards fosters the artistic growth of professional theater in South Florida by celebrating the diversity of our theater artists, providing educational scholarships, and building audience appreciation and civic pride by highlighting the achievements of our theater community. More than 20 professional theater companies in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties participate in the awards process every year. The Carbonell Awards also celebrate the accomplishments of local artistic leaders by presenting several Special Awards.

Along with New York’s Drama Desk and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonell Awards are among the nation’s senior regional arts awards and predate others, including Washington, D.C.’s Helen Hayes Awards. The Carbonell Awards are named after Manuel Carbonell, an internationally-renowned sculptor, who designed the original solid bronze and marble award in 1976, the signature trophy that is given annually to Carbonell Award winners. Over the last 45 years, the Carbonell family has donated more than $250,000 in awards. For more information, please visit