Awards Available for Members
The TANYS Endowment Fund has been established to honor individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the development of TANYS with the following awards:
Shirley Cockrell Community Theater Excellence Award
You may nominate a member company for the Shirley Cockrell Community Theatre Excellence Award. The award is to be given to a company that provides exemplary service to its community and aspires to maintain the highest level of artistic achievement.
Fredric Blumberg Distinguished Volunteer Award
The Fredric Blumberg Distinguished Volunteer Award is to be given to an individual under 65 who has faithfully provided significant and valuable service to community theatre for 15 years or more. Fred is a founder and the first president of TANYS. A plaque will be presented at the annual TANYS Festival held in November.
Sherman C. Ward, Jr. Distinguished Volunteer Award
The Sherman C. Ward, Jr. Distinguished Volunteer Award is to be given to an individual above the age of 65 who has faithfully provided significant and valuable service to community theatre for over 25 years. Sherman, a longtime TANYS member, had served on the AACT Board as Region II Representative 2005-2012. He received AACT’s Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award in 2005 and was made an AACT Fellow in 2012. This award recognizes similar service for TANYS members. A plaque will be presented at the annual TANYS Festival held in November.
The deadline for nominations for all the above awards is September 30.
J Richard Mahlstedt Directing Award
This award honors the memory and contributions of TANYS Past President Richard Mahlstedt. It is given at the discretion of the TANYS Festival Adjudicator.
Mary Eva Duthie Award
This award honors Mary Eva Duthie, the guiding spirit behind the founding of the New York State Community Theatre Association in 1946. It is given to an individual or organization in the State who has made significant contributions to community and/or academic theatre.
Regional Service Award
Given to honor an individual who provides services to area community and academic theatres in New York State.