Special Recognition

Special Recognition
Presented to persons & organizations whose contributions are far-reaching & of a special nature

2019 Honorees

Photo of Valerie KavanaughValerie Kavanaugh (Averill Park, New York) has been an active member of Circle Theatre Players (CTP) for 16 years, developing programs at Sand Lake Center for the Arts (SLCA) and in the community.  She developed her knowledge and passion while teaching high school English and Drama for 32 years, and directing high school plays.  After “retiring,” she taught theatre classes at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. At CTP, Val co-directed seven major drama and musical productions, produced CTP’s three bi-annual Original One Act Play Festivals, and directed shows within the festival itself. In 2002, she developed a youth drama program, Kids for Kids, and has directed 13 summer workshops. She conceived and developed Matinee Theatre Players for SLCA combining seasoned players as well as beginners in a workshop setting. Val developed a program for mentally and physical impaired adults, some verbal and some non-verbal.  She developed unique methods to enable them to memorize and perform. Her love and enthusiasm for all things theatrical are contagious, and she has shared that love with all ages, from young children to senior citizens.

Theatrix (Franken Kaserne, Ansbach, Germany), a costume and production support facility and part of US Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Europe - Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). Established in the late 1940s, the facility provides costume, set, prop, and technical support to Army Entertainment programs around the world. This historic facility contains over 100,000 costume pieces valued at over one million dollars. The collection includes costumes (still used today), designed and created by the original designers of the Broadway production of My Fair Lady, and a large selection of set pieces and props required for producing hundreds of shows. Theatrix also supports Air Force theatre groups, US Military units and organizations, Department of Defense Schools, International Schools, and private organizations. Since 1995, the facility has relocated several times due to changes in the US Army presence in Europe. Despite these moves, along with supporting Army theatres, the dedicated staff of Theatrix, both past and present, has made it their mission to preserve the integrity, value, and history of this unique theatre collection. 

Previous Recipients

1996  A. R. Gurney
1997  International Thespian Society
1998  Studio de Monaco - World Festival of Amateur Theatre
          Dundalk (Ireland) International Maytime Festival
          Toyama (Japan) International Theatre Festival
1999  Stephen Peithman (Davis, CA)
2000  Kurt Majkowski (Eau Claire, WI)
2001  1st Battalion, 79th Field Artillery
          (Fort Sill, Lawton, OK)
         Women's Exchange of Sarasota (Sarasota, FL)
2002  Frank Peot (Sun Prairie, WI)
2003  Vilseck Bavarian Arts Guild (Vilseck, Germany)
2004  Patty Duke (Northern ID)
2005  Kathie Maldonado (Hobbs, NM)
2007  Angela L. Ardolino (Miami, FL)
2008  Victoria L. Hanrahan (Ansbach, Germany)
2009  Robert G. Anderson (Starkville, MS)
          John Kollack (Clarkesville, GA)
2010  Dan LaMorte (US Army, Europe)
2011  Ruth Legg* (Geneva, NY)
          L. Ross Rowland* (Muncie, IN)

2012  Merrie Dawkins (Rockingham, NC)
2013  Michael Fenlason (Tucson, AZ)
          Jan Mitchell (Menifee, KY)
2014  Wil Breden (Wellesley, MA)
          Twink Lynch (Topeka, KS)
          Kirk Players (Mundelein, IL)
2015   Dr. Mary Kay Switzer (Banning, CA)
2015   Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre (Grand Forks, ND)
2016  Dr. Tim Ballweber and Ballweber Orthodontics (Helena, Montana)
          Sue Ellen Gerrells (Alabaster, Alabama)
          Rhonda Wilson (Gainesville, Florida)
2017  Chester Eitze (Austin, Texas)
          Installation Management Command – Europe Region Entertainment
          Nathan Records (Kaiserslautern, Germany)
          The Frank Lee Family and
           the Jack K. Ayre & Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation
           (Fort Worth, Texas)
2018   Fred Wise (Newark, Ohio)
           Cheryl & Tom Novo
               U.S. Army IMCOM Europe Entertainment
               Kaiserslautern, Germany

          * Deceased


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