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$10,000 Arts Prize Awarded To Middlebury Actor And Educator

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Angela Evancie
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Todd Lockwood (left) created the Herb Lockwood Prize which went to Middlebury actor and educator Steve Small (right).

There’s a new prize in town. Burlington City Arts has announced the first recipient of the $10,000 Herb Lockwood Prize, the largest monetary award related to the arts in Vermont.

The award went to actor and director Steve Small of Middlebury.

The  57-year-old Small has performed in countless productions over the years, and is the director of the Addison Repertory Theater in Middlebury, a training program for high schoolers.

The Herb Lockwood prize was created by Burlington author and photographer Todd Lockwood.

The prize memorializes his brother Herb, who left an artistic legacy in Vermont before his death at the age of 27.

Lockwood says he wanted to raise the public's expectation of what is possible in the Vermont arts community, while inspiring the community to meet those expectations. He says that Steve Small stood out as the ideal inaugural recipient for the prize.

For his part, Small says he had no idea this was coming, and was "glad he was sitting down" when he got the call. Small says he'll continue his work with the Addison Repertory Theater, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.