Greta Lambert will receive lifetime achievement award from Alabama State Council on the Arts

Greta Lambert in the title role of “Shirley Valentine” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Greta Lambert, for nearly four decades an actress, director, faculty member and staff member of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, will be awarded a lifetime achievement honor from the Alabama State Council on the Arts at an awards ceremony May 16.

Seven others will receive awards at the ceremony, which will take place at ASF in Montgomery.

Lambert, a Birmingham native who lives in Montgomery, has played numerous roles both on stage and off at ASF.

On stage, those roles have included Daisy in “Driving Miss Daisy,” Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie,” Shirley in “Shirley Valentine,” Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and many others. Her Shakespeare roles have included Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Viola, Rosalind, Kate and Prospero. She has also appeared on TV in “Picket Fences” and “Young Riders.”

Off stage, she has directed a number of productions and held many jobs at ASF, including director of the intern and fellowhip programs, director of education and community engagement and associate artistic director.

Lambert will receive the Jonnie Dee Riley Little Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other honorees are visual artists Pinky/MM Bass, Chester Higgins, Elias Katsaros and Kevin King; musician and arts administrator Russell Gulley; dancer and artistic director Monique Ryan; and poet and literary arts advocate Jeanie Thompson.

Tickets for the Celebration of Alabama Arts, which will be May 16 at 7 p.m., are free, but reservations are required.

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