Fountain City Arts Festival Dinner to Honor Tonea Stewart


CONTACT: Kellie Cook, Special Events Director, or (334) 358-0297

Monday, February 27, 2012


The City of Prattville and the Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council are proud to announce that the 6th annual Fountain City Arts Festival Dinner will honor Dr. Tonea Stewart, noted television, film, and radio personality and Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University.

Dr. Stewart is best known for her role as "Miss Etta Kibbee" in the television series In the Heat of the Night. She has also appeared in many other television shows, including Walker, Texas Ranger, Touched By An Angel, Memphis Beat, and Matlock. Her motion picture roles include The Rosa Parks Story, Mississippi Burning, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Living Large, and John Grisham's A Time to Kill.

Honoree Stewart is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi and has lived in Montgomery since 1990. She holds a BS degree in Speech and Theatre from Jackson University, an MA in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a PhD in Theatre Arts from Florida State University. She was the first African American female to receive a doctorate for FSU School of Theatre and the first McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Theatre Arts.

The Fountain City Arts Festival Dinner honoring Tonea Stewart will be held in the Ball Room of the Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama. This black-tie affair will be held on Thursday evening, March 22, and will include a wonderful evening of fine food and entertainment as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased at the Prattville Cultural Arts and Special Events office. For more information, call (334) 358-0297.