Fellows | AACT


AACT Fellows
For significant contributions to community theatre
  • The designation “AACT Fellow” is bestowed upon members of AACT who over a period of years have contributed significantly to the idea and ideal of community theatre.
  • Nomination and election to this select group is the responsibility of the current Fellow membership.
  • Awards are presented in odd years, with 2019 being the most recent.
AACT Fellows for 2019

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Photo of John DavisJohn Davis (Evergreen, Colorado) has been involved in theatre since an outstanding high school drama teacher changed his life.  A pilot with United Airlines, in 1966, John and his wife joined the Evergreen Players in Colorado. It soon became apparent that John’s administrative and technical theatre talents were more valuable than his acting. He has served in every position on the Players Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Directors of the Colorado Community Theatre Coalition and the Board of the Evergreen Arts Council.  John was awarded Arts Person of the Year for his many contributions to the Evergreen community. He has served AACT on the Board of Directors, as Festival Commissioner, and Chairman of the Governance Committee.  He also has been a stage manager for the two appearances of the Evergreen Players at two AACTFest National Festivals, and an International Festival in Heidelberg, Germany.

Photo of Bob KafkaBob Kafka (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; posthumous) was a founding member of AACT. He served on the AACT Board as Member at Large (1997-2003) and previously as Region III Rep (1992-94). He also served four years as Wisconsin State Contact. Bob was on AACT committees for 22 years, serving for many years as Secretary of the Festival Commission. He was very involved with the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre and the Association of Region III. Bob was active in the Village Playhouse, formerly known as the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa, and worked with several other theatres in the Milwaukee area.

Photo of Lynn NelsonLynn Nelson (Tupelo, Mississippi) was bit by the theatre bug when she played a spoon in her third grade play about manners. The bug remained active throughout high school and college, and Lynn really blossomed when her high school drama teacher cast her in a Tupelo Community Theatre production more than 30 years ago.  Lynn has been a board member of TCT since 1995. She has also been involved in the community theatre festival circuit since the 1990s, serving as Community Theatre Chair for both the Mississippi Theatre Association and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. She currently serves as Region IV Representative to the AACT Board. She and husband Bud Nelson have two insanely talented and beautiful adult daughters, Jennifer and Jessica.

Fellows of the American Association of Community Theatre, 1978-2017


  • Ron Cameron-Lewis (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)
  • Lori Chase (Venice, Florida)
  • Nancy Eppert (Independence, Missouri)
  • Sue Ellen Gerrells (Alabaster, Alabama)
  • Stephen F. Krempasky (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Linda Miller (Prescott, Arizona)
  • Kathy Pingel (North Port, Florida)


  • Scott Bloom (Silver Spring, Maryland)
  • Eugene Irby (Artesia, New Mexico)
  • Rick Kerby (Bradenton, Florida)
  • Beverley Lord (Foxborough, Massachusetts)
  • Dave Sheppard (Maynard, Massachusetts)
  • Jim Walker (Bath, South Dakota)


  • Tom Cowley (Ponca City, OK)
  • Penelope Notter (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Kristi Quinn (Dakota City, NE)
  • Gary Walker (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Patricia White (Amherst, NH)


  •    Kay Armstrong (Dallas, TX)
  •    Dennis Gilmore* (Athens, TX)
  •    Ginger Heath (Charlotte, NC)
  •    Tim Jebsen (Midland, TX)
  •    Sherman Ward, Jr.* (Alexandria Bay, NY)


  •    Murray Chase (Venice, FL)
  •    Mary Doveton (Lawrence, KS)
  •    Annette G. Procunier (Ontario, Canada)
  •    Carole Ries (Topeka, KS)


  •    Morrie Enders (Kalamazoo, MI)
  •    Linda Lee (Fort Worth, TX)
  •    Kathie Maldonado (Alto, NM)
  •    Jim Sohre (US Army, Heidelberg, Germany)


  •     Joanne Berry (Bay City MI)
  •     Bill Muchow (Minneapolis, MN)
  •     Hal Robinson* (Royal Oak, MI)


  •     Mary Britt* (Ocala, FL)
  •     Jill Patchin (Grand Rapids, MI)
  •     Jack Phillips (Western Springs, IL)
  •     John Sullivan (Sioux City, IA)
  •     John Wills* (Spokane, WA)


  •     Rod McCullough (Lancaster, PA)
  •     Donna Norberg (Minneapolis, MN)
  •     Stephen Peithman (Davis, CA)


  •     Harv Thompson (Madison, WI)


  •     Jimmy Vaughn* (Oklahoma City, OK)
  •     Norm McPhee (Racine, WI)


  •     Mimi Gregg* (Haines, AK)
  •     Sandra Karnack (Minot, ND)
  •     Shirley Cockrell (Oneida, NY)


  •     Julie Crawford (College Station, TX)
  •     Michael Fortner* (Memphis, TN)
  •     Norm Small (Winter Haven, FL)


  •     Ron Ziegler (Des Moines. IA)
  •     Don Bachmann (Midland, TX)


  •     Jon Kerkhoff (Omaha, NE)
  •     Marilyn Pool Allen (Midland, TX)


  •     Frank Peot (Sun Prairie, WI)
  •     Angus MacPherson* (Palm Beach, FL)


  •     Betty Wills* (Spokane, WA)
  •     John Viars (Des Moines, IA)


  •     JoAnne Nissen (Racine, WI)
  •     Enid Holm* (Odessa, TX)


  •     Ginny Winsor (Omaha, NE)
  •     Al King* (Clinton, IA)
  •     Elise King (Clinton, IA)
  •     L. Ross Rowland* (Muncie, IN)


  •     Charles Chesnut* (Chappaqua, NY)
  •     Merle Loppnow* (Minneapolis, MN)


  •     James Carver (Kalamazoo, MI)


  •     Bea Miller* (Memphis, TN)


  •     Charles Jones* (Omaha, NE)
  •     Kay Smith* (Stockton, CA)
  •     Sherwood Lohrey* (Memphis, TN)
  •     Twink Lynch* (Topeka, KS)


  •     Betty Tomlinson* (Spokane, WA)


  •     David Gooder* (Downers Grove, IL)
  •     Shirley Harbin* (Detroit, MI)
  •     Jean Hoffman* (Wilmington, DE)


  •     Richard Fliehr*  (Edina, MN)
  •     Alfred E. Rickert* (Oswego, NY)


  •     Virginia Kirshner* (Concord, MA)


  •     John Wray Young* (Shreveport, LA)
  •     Mort Clark* (North White Plains, NY)
  •     Charles Stilwill (Waterloo, IA)
  •     Ethel C. Brett* (New Orleans, LA)


  •     Jim Cavanaugh (Mt. Holyoke, MA)
  •     John Wilson* (Lincoln, NE)
  •     David Young (Washington, DC)
  •     Robert Gard* (Madison, WI)

1978  Founding Fellows:

  •     David Bryant* (Sheyboygan, WI)
  •     Art Cole* (Midland, TX)
  •     Kay Fliehr* (Edina, MN)
  •     Howard Orms* (Springfield, MO)
  •     Jules Irving* (Holyoke, MN)
  •     Dorm Richardson* (Columbus, OH)
  •     Jeanne Adams Wray* (Stillwater, OK)
  •     Robert Telford* (Tulsa, OK)
  •     Walter Jensen* (Corpus Christi, TX)
  •     Norman Nadel* (Staten Island, NY)

          * Deceased


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