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ZACH WARD and DSI COMEDY THEATER are both proud winners of the 2006 Triangle Arts Awards.

(BY FIONA MORGAN): When you do something you love, you make it look easy. But love can be hard work.

In 1990, the Independent decided to honor artists, arts groups and arts educators doing exceptional work in the Triangle with annual Indies Arts Awards. The people we recognize might be volunteers or professionals; the organizations might be nonprofits or commercial businesses. Whoever they are, and whatever they do, they do it for the love.

As in years past, this year's winners were chosen because of their dedication to building artistic communities that are both challenging and inclusive, constantly pushing their work to bring greater richness to local audiences and, in the process, making the Triangle an ever greater treasure of artistic opportunity for audiences and fellow artists alike.

ARTICLE EXCERPT (BY GERRY CANAVAN):

Zach Ward, founder of Carrboro's DSI Comedy Theater, may be the hardest-working man in show business. Since he founded Chapel Hill High School Improv as a freshman in 1993, Ward has dedicated his life to comedy in North Carolina, building an active theatrical community that now includes 46 local players and many more alumni nationwide. Since 2001, he's organized the Dirty South Improv Festival in Chapel Hill, the largest comedy festival of its kind in the country. At the center of it all is DSI Comedy Theater at the Carr Mill Mall, where for less than the price of dinner you can be treated to a night's worth of completely improvised hilarity. The theater hosts seven live comedy shows every week. (indyweek.com)



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