Union County’s Community Arts Council honored Larry Robinson with a ‘heart of the Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday, Feb. 4.
Robinson began teaching art at Monroe Middle School in the mid-1980’s. He later became an arts instructor at Parkwood Middle School where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1999. Currently he teaches theater at Central Academy of Technology and Arts and is the artistic director for the Union County Performance Ensemble.
During his career, Robinson recieved many awards for directing, technical theater and for his students acting accomplishments. A number of his students have been honored with Best Actor awards at the North Carolina Conference Regional and State Festivals. Several of his students have also competed in the National Shakespeare competition at Lincoln Center in New York City.
In 2011, Robinson became a playwright and his play, “Illuminations”, was named winner of the North Carolina New Play Project by the Greensboro Playwright’s Forum. This past November one of CATA’s productions earned Robinson and his students awards at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Tennessee.