Mort Clark Award | AACT

Mort Clark Award

Mort Clark International Achievement
Recognizes significant achievement in the promotion of excellence in international community theatre

(This award may be presented at an international event)

2021 Honoree

Photo of Annette ProcunierAnnette Procunier (Ontario, Canada) has adjudicated over 150 festivals, including 25 International festivals in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Japan and Monaco--and four national festivals for AACT.  She continues to be sought out to adjudicate and teach in Canada and the United States.  Annette's work as an adjudicator earned her the distinction of Fellow of the American Association of Community Theatre in 2009. She is the author of a book on adjudication “Do You See What I See?” and continues to teach and adjudicate festivals around the world.   Annette is also an award-winning director, having worked for 17 different theatre companies across Canada and the United States. Annette helped to found two professional theatres in Canada and has served on the boards of theatre and opera companies as well as Theatre Canada and NARA. She has represented Canada at the IATA congress in Monaco.  In the last 10 years Annette has worked extensively with new playwrights on script development and has been a judge in several new play competitions. 

Previous Recipients

2020  Tim Jebsen (Midland, Texas)
2019  Murray and Lori Chase (Venice, Florida)
2018  Frank Peot (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin)
2017  Brid McBride* (Dundalk, Ireland)
2016  Eva Moore (Ontario, Canada)
2014  Kathie Maldonado (Alto, NM)
2013  L. Ross Rowland* (Muncie, IN)
2013  John Viars & Des Moines Playhouse (Des Moines, IA)
2009  Jim Sohre (Army Europe Command Entertainment)  
2008  The Cellario Family (Monaco)
2007  Hiroshi Koizumi (Japan)

          * Deceased

Mort Clark

Photo of Mort ClarkThis award is named in honor of Mort Clark, who began a 30-year career teaching Theatre and Speech at Westchester Community College in 1966. He served as department chair for a number of years and was instrumental in the design of the new theater in the Academic Arts Building. But he is perhaps best remembered for establishing an annual International Theatre Festival, which brought community theatre groups from all over the world to the Valhalla campus for a week of non-stop dramatic performances.

He served as president of the American Community Theatre Association (AACT's predecessor) and later served many years on the AACT Board as the Region II Rep. He was always there to greet new board members and make them feel welcome. He was honored by AACT with the David C. Bryant Outstanding Service Award, the Art Cole Award, and designation as an AACT Fellow. He adjudicated festivals throughout the country.

His passion for community theatre took him all over the world and earned him scores of awards, honorary titles and degrees too numerous to mention.  He was a familiar presence at AACT meetings, festivals and conventions for many years. In 1993 Mort traveled to Monaco to be knighted by Princess Caroline on behalf of her father, prince Rainier. He was awarded the Chevalier Medal of Culture at Monaco's Princess Grace Theatre, and was thereafter entitled to be addressed as “Sir Mortimer”--an honor that delighted him thoroughly. Mort retired from Westchester Community College in 1997, and that year he made over 40 trips to teach and work with theatre groups around the world. He continued to travel and work until his death in 2007 at age 78.


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