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Special Recognition

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

2020 Honorees

Photo of Richard RobertsRichard Roberts (Stuttgart, Ger­many) is the Theatre Center Direc­tor at the Stuttgart Theatre Center, Germany, part of the U.S. Army IMCOM Europe Entertainment program. He began his career with Army Entertainment as a contracted director at the Heidelberg Roadside Theater. In 2005, Richard officially joined the theatre staff as a paid The­atre Specialist, and in 2009 he became the Artistic Director of the Stuttgart Theatre Center. He is known as a talented director, designer, and performer, whose attention, concern and support of the volunteers and staff has greatly in­creased the impact of the program on U.S. citizens serving their country overseas. He has received many U.S. Army TOPPERs and One-Act Play Festival awards, and has taken part in several national AACTFest events.

Photo of Dane WintersDane Winters (Kaiserslautern, Ger­many) is the Entertainment Program Manager, IMCOM Europe. AACT’s Region X is comprised of the com­munity theaters on military bases spread throughout Europe and over the late winter and early spring, Dane travels out to each base with two others to adjudicate performances. Last summer, Dane participated in AACT’s Adjudication Seminar, a 40- hour class, to bring the best adjudica­tion possible to the region. Although it is a large region, the theatres would operate in isolation were it not for Dane’s steadfast commitment to participation in the AACT festival cycle and providing everyone with top-notch adjudication, extended education opportunities, and the sup­port it takes to run a theatre on a military base. Not only does he travel out, he makes opportunities for the theatres to come together twice a year. Dane inherited this successful program from his predecessor, Jim Sohre, but put his own stamp on the program by inviting performance luminaries to participate in the Region X awards dinner, Toppers, by having them tape the awards announcements. Can you imagine the thrill of having your name and award announced by Kristin Chenoweth, Ben Stiller, or Lin-Manuel Miranda?

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
2019   Valerie Kavanaugh (Averill Park, New York)
            Theatrix (Franken Kaserne, Ansbach, Germany)

          * Deceased


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