Honor recognizes outstanding cultural achievement

American Conservatory Theater artistic director Carey Perloff has been knighted by the French government.

Appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she received the honor for significantly contributing to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.

Perloff, who is working on a world-premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to debut at ACT in November, recently marked her 13th season as a.d. of the San Francisco conservatory. In addition to co-writing and helming “Carol,” she will direct the Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill gangster musical “Happy End,” to be staged at the Geary Theater June 8-July 9.

The French honor was established in 1957 to recognize cultural figures who have made outstanding achievements in the arts and literature. It is not limited to French nationals, nor to those who work in France or in French.

Past recipients include William Faulkner, James Joyce, Meryl Streep and Jessye Norman.

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