Manos wins first Gaela

• The Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts has announced the formation of the Georgia Arts & Entertainment Legacy Award, nicknamed the GAELA, an annual honor to recognize “people in the field of arts and entertainment who have made a significant contribution to the vitality and diversity of Georgia’s cultural heritage.” The first award will be presented to Christopher B. Manos, long-time producer of Theatre of the Stars, on Nov. 1 at the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom.

• After 17 years as producing artistic director of Theater Emory, Vincent Murphy is stepping down at the end of the 2005-‘06 season. He plans to continue to teach, direct and adapt plays as a member of the university’s faculty. Emory professor and longtime Atlanta actor Tim McDonough will be his successor.

• Atlanta director Melissa Foulger has been named associate artistic director of 7 Stages theater. She will direct Far Away (Oct. 27-Nov. 20) as part of the playhouse’s Caryl Churchill Festival.

• Celise Kalke is the new dramaturge/artistic associate for the Alliance Theatre, having previously worked as literary manager for New York’s Joseph Papp Public Theatre and Chicago’s Court Theatre.