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Spotlight Award

Spotlight Awards
Presented for local service to community theatre

Announced by AACT, and presented locally, AACT's Spotlight Award allows member theatres across the nation to recognize special local achievement. Any individual, organization or company is eligible. Nominations are accepted for persons of all ages. Awards may be presented anytime through the year that is appropriate. This is a fitting tribute to the hardworking volunteers, staff, and patrons of local community theatre groups--an AACT tradition and service since 2000.

2023 Honorees

Photo of Dr. Roseanna Whitlow GreenwoodThe River City Players (RCP) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, honored Dr. Roseanna Whitlow Greenwood with the AACT Spotlight Award for her contributions to the artistic life of the theatre. Whitlow-Greenwood serves as an instructor of communication studies at Southeast Missouri State University. For over a decade, she also has served on the RCP Board of Directors, holding many offices, including President. In addition to serving on the board, Whitlow-Greenwood’s contributions include writing, acting, and directing in many productions at the theatre.

“The theater is grateful for her continued support and dedication to artistic excellence at RCP,” said Board of Directors President Debbie Barnhouse. “Her administrative and artistic contributions have made a huge impact on the quality of theater RCP produces and the longevity of the institution.” The honoree’s most recent work, the July 2022 show, KatyDid!, was packed the theatre for all four performances. "Not only I but the entire Board of Directors were simply blown away by the writing and production of the play,” Barnhouse said. “She, of course, was the director of the show and was amazing at bringing the three cast members’ characters alive. River City Players is so proud to call her one of our own.”

2022 Honorees

On October 9, in Sembach, Germany, the U.S. Army IMCOM Europe Entertainment was awarded with an AACT Spotlight Award by AACT Executive Director Quiana Clark-Roland, in recognition of its dedication to outstanding and innovative international theatre. IMCOM Europe Entertainment Program Manager and AACT Region X Representative Dane Winters accepted the award.

Photo of Region 10 award presentation“In addition to its work on behalf of international theatre, the honor also recognizes IMCOM staff’s support of their communities,” Clark-Roland said. The award presentation took place following the 27th annual One-Act Play Festival and Youth FEST ’22 Awards ceremony at USAG Ansbach’s Terrace Playhouse. Led by Installation Management Command Europe’s G9 Army Entertainment, the event brought together community theatres from across Europe.

For over 70 years, U.S. Army Entertainment has offered U.S. service members, civilians and their families opportunities to participate in and enjoy high-quality music and theatre programs while serving overseas. Since 1997 the U.S. Army Entertainment Programs have been producing and competing in the AACT Region X Festival.

“Our shows have also done very well at AACTFest national festivals” said Winters, “winning several awards and bringing our program a lot of national attention.”

Photo: Dane Winters, IMCOM Entertainment Program Manager, accepts the American Association of Community Theatre Spotlight Award from AACT Executive Director Quiana Clark-Roland,. Also pictured is Ron Ziegler, AACT international adjudicator

Photo of Mary Sue WeeksThe Lincoln County Community Theater (LCCT), in Damariscotta, Maine, has honored Mary Sue Weeks of Bremen, Maine, with the AACT Spotlight Award for her contributions to the artistic life of the theatre. An accomplished scenic artist, Mary Sue has shared her considerable talents with the company for over a decade.

John Mulcahy, LCCT Production Supervisor, says “From the moment she walked through the door of our theater, we have not mounted a production that has not been blessed with Mary Sue’s incredible skills, tireless work ethic, and friendly demeanor.” He recalls that “when we wanted to show a giant IBM Selectric typewriter on the upstage drop for Nine to Five—a little research and it was done. Paint a drop and false proscenium in the style of Rousseau for Iolanthe?—she mastered it.”

Weeks plays a particularly important role in brainstorming discussions in the early stages of the design process, which Mulcahy says “never seems to be about individual egos colliding, but rather about comrades weighing different ideas and happily arriving at the best plan for moving ahead. Every community theatre should be as lucky as we are to have a someone like Mary Sue Weeks among its dedicated volunteers.”

Previous Honorees & Their Presenting Companies

SGT. Martin Sinlao and Alphonso (Al) Ortiz
Soldiers' Theatre, Vicenza, Italy

Rebecca Donner
Halifax County Little Theatre
South Boston, Virginia
Diane Hanisch
Arts for Life
St. Louis, Missouri

Freddie Beth Bayne
The Upstagers
Del Rio, Texas
Daniel Sheehan
The Walpole Footlighters
Walpole, Massachusetts
Sharon Burum
Duncan Little Theatre
Duncan, Oklahoma
Chuck Tweed
Jewell Box Theatre
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sue McCollum
Highlands Little Theatre
Sebring, FL


Reverend William Dunn
A Repertory Theatre (ART)
Banning, CA

Shannon Egbert
SHAPE Performing Arts Centre
Mons, Belgium

John Hanlon
Lincoln Community Playhous
Lincoln, NE

Sabrina Switzer-Wareing
A Repertory Theatre (ART)
Banning, CA

Nancy Wollenburg
Billings Studio Theatre
Billings, MT


Bonnie Cahill
Butler Little Theater (BLT)
Butler, PA
John Hanlon
Lincoln Community Playhouse (LCP)
Lincoln, NE


Sue Keenan
Village Theatre Guild
Glen Ellyn, IL

Glenn Fournier
Mansfield Music and Arts Society (MMAS) Black Box Theater
Mansfield, MA

Margie Bankert
Sue and Gary Collar
Ron Lockwood
Butler Little Theatre
Butler, PA


Benjamin Keegan Arnold
Lakeside Community Theatre
The Colony, TX

Sheila Bourque
Kirk Players
Mundelein, IL

Herbert Hemming
Ojai Center for the Arts
Ojai, CA

Beth Marshall
Theatre Arlington
Arlington, TX


Robert "Rob" Babione
Curtain Call Theatre, (CCT)
Montgomery, MN

Jerry Davis
Crittenden Fine Arts Center, West Memphis, AR
ASAP & Carousel Theater Workshops for Seniors, Hot Springs, AR

Claudia Mathes
Albuquerque Theatre Guild
Albuquerque, NM

Melinda Worthington
Newton Community Theatre
Newton, IA

Jim Buckingham
Lincoln County Community Theater Damariscotta, ME
Kevin Frazier-Jones
Sock & Buskin Community Theatre
Sidney, OH
Vivian K. Humphrey
Triboro Youth Theatre, South Attleboro, MA
Aleta Grillot Looker
Cheshire (CT) Community Theatre
Colleen McGonegle
Theatrix Command Costume Support Center
Army Europe Entertainment
Doug Mishler
Reno Little Theater, Reno, NV
Joan Sammons
Theatre Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids, IA
Sally Skelding
North End Players, Portland, OR


Russ's Market
Lincoln, NE
Rita Ford
Wellesley (MA) Players
Cindy Healy, Tim Blount & Wanda Blount
Newton (IA) Community Theatre
Don Mansfield
Center Stage Jackson, MI
Eeva Stromski
Theatre at the Mount, Gardiner, MA
Frank Milder and Joel Soukkala
County Seat Theater Company, Cloquet, MN
Bill Thorne
Greater Lewisville (TX) Community Theater



Kay Addison
Laurens County Community Theatre, SC
Fred Brockwell
The Upstagers, Del Rio, TX
Karen Reisenauer
Racine Theatre Guild, Racine, WI
Lorraine Tetlus
Manatee Players, Bradenton, FL



Anthony Batchelder, Tulsa, OK
Heller Theatre, Tulsa, OK
Richard Gannon, Downers Grove, IL
Grove Players, Downers Grove, IL
Betty Goettsch, Cedar Falls, IA
Waterloo Community Playhouse
Black Hawk Children's Theatre, Waterloo, IA
Carl G. (Gil) Haase, Schuyler, NE
Nebraska Assn of Community Theatres (NACT), Saint Paul, NE
Manatee Players Guild, Bradenton, FL
Manatee Players, Bradenton, FL
Sandi & Bill Taylor, Longview, TX
Arts View Children's Theatre, Longview, TX
Arthur Volmrich, Lake Placid, NY
Community Theatre Players, Ray Brook, NY


Patricia Beetschen
The Children's Theatre, Inc. Dover, DE
Jean Gold
The Middleburg Players, Inc. Middleburg, VA
George Mangold
Racine Theatre Guild, Inc. Racine, WI
Jess Mark
Tupelo Community Theatre Tupelo, MS
Donald Mummert
Boise Little Theater Boise, ID
André Bruce Ward
Theatre Memphis Memphis, TN
Pat Ward
The Red River Theater Company Ivanhoe, TX
Emily Westbrook Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut, Inc.
Putnam, CT
Jan H. Wolfe
El Paso Playhouse El Paso, TX


City of Willow Park
Weatherford Stage Performers, Weatherford, TX
Jessica Deeb
Community Theatre Players, Ray Brook, NY
Joshua Erichsen
The Players Guild Theatre Canton, OH
Harold Goldman
Des Moines Community Playhouse /Kate Goldman Children's Theatre Des Moines, IA
Barbara & Jim Poythress
Weatherford Stage Performers Weatherford, TX
Julia Woodward
Quincy Music Theatre Quincy, FL
Jon & Angela Wright
Arts View Children's Theatre Longview, TX





Jeffrey Brown
Chattanooga Theatre Centre Chattanooga, TN
Trish Davis
The Hudson Players Hudson, OH
Michael Galloway
Cadillac Footliters Cadillac, MI
Pat & Kim Gilligan
CYT San Diego El Cajon, CA
Lyn Joslyn
The Hudson Players Hudson, OH
Jean Nicholas
Cadillac Footliters Cadillac, MI
Shirley Tuzinowski
Algonac Community Theatre Algonac, MI


Charles & Madeleine Dionne
The Majestic Theatre Manchester, NH
Larry, Debbie, P.J., & Melissa Louie
The Children's Theatre Dover, DE
Harry & Terri Moore
The Children's Theatre, Inc. Dover, DE
CCX Trucking Company
Chanooka Center Stage Theatre Company, Channahon, IL


George Anne Bedford
Art Park Players Deer Park, TX
Daven Edmonds
Muhlenberg Community Theatre, Inc. Greenville, KY
George W. Kinsley, III
Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre, Inc. Langhorne, PA
Garth Stubbolo
The Children's Theatre, Inc. Dover, DE
Carl Tenuta
Pontiac Theatre IV Novi, MI




City of Winfield, Kansas
Winfield Community Theatre, Winfield, KS
B. J. Scott
Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano, CA


Parents Of Desert Stages Theatre
Ensuring Tomorrow Productions, Scottsdale, AZ
Debra Dieckman
Flat River Community Players, Greenville, MI
Sally McFadden
Green Earth Players, Luverne, MN

Stacey Storey
River City Players Cape Girardeau, MO
Russ Williams
Waco Civic Theatre, Waco, TX



Fred & Mary Blish
The Little Theatre of Manchester, CT
Bill Brown
Villa Playhouse Theatre, Springville, UT
Irv Clark
Stage West Community Playhouse, Spring Hill, FL
Betty J. Coleman
Butterfield Stage, Gainesville, TX
Walter Edwards
Fredericksburg Theater Company, Fredericksburg, TX
Wesley College
The Children's Theatre, Inc. Dover, DE
Yvonne Pinkerton
Venice Theatre, Venice, FL
Barbara Polka
The Trinity Players Inc., Weaverville, CA
Chuck Ross
River City Players, Cape Girardeau, MO
Jamie Sanders
Shreveport Little Theatre, Shreveport, LA
Robert D. Sandmaier
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN
Patricia Schuman
Fredericksburg Theater Company Fredericksburg, TX
Velvet Sponaugle
The Children's Theatre, Dover, DE
Sig Stock
Stage West Community Playhouse, Spring Hill, FL
Dr. Thomas Vaughan
The Children's Theatre, Dover, DE


Aloha Airlines
Hawaii State Theatre Council Kamuela, HI
Mary Ann Baures
La Crosse Community Theatre La Crosse, WI
Lillian Baxter
Runaway Stage Productions, Elk Grove, CA
Gordon Becker, Creative Financial Planning
Cabrillo Music Theatre, Agoura, CA

Margaret M. Cahill
The Butler Little Theatre, Butler, PA

Robert "Bob" Child
Stage West Community Playhouse, Spring Hill, FL

John Igo
S.T.A.G.E., Inc.,  Bulverde, TX
PJ Searsy
Waxahachie Community Theatre, Waxahachie, TX
Guy Thrift - Minuteman Press
Tapestry Theatre Company Alexandria, VA
Lorraine Wagner
Fort Lauderdale Players, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jeffrey Williams
Theatre at the Mount, Gardner, MA


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