Congratulations to the 2014 NCTC Award Recipients!
Stephen Hyers founded the Greensboro Playwright’s Forum, worked as the Managing Director of City Arts Drama in Greensboro, and served as a Past-President of the NCTC Board of Directors. The theatre community experienced a great loss when Stephen Hyers passed away in October 2014. Stephen was a beloved playwright, director, fight choreographer, film-maker and educator. He taught playwriting courses at Elon University, Greensboro College and North Carolina A&T State University. In his 25+ years of work in theatre, Stephen made significant contributions and improvements to the industry, making him more than worthy of this distinguished honor.
For nearly 40 years, April has served as a director, actor, administrator, board member and theatre-goer. She has worked at SETC in several capacities for the past 14 years, and currently manages the Professional Spring, Fall and Screening Auditions, as well as Theatre Job Services. Though April’s job is to serve theatre in the Southeast, we have seen her go above and beyond her job duties to serve the NC theatre industry. When not working on SETC projects, she spends her free time volunteering for theatre companies. She has served on numerous theatre boards, taught workshops, and adjudicated many NCTC Play Festivals. April’s voicemail says, “If I’m not answering, it’s probably because I’m in the theatre!”, and we know that is true! NCTC is thrilled to award April for her significant service to NCTC and the NC theatre community!
A former NCTC Board Member, NCTC High School Play Festival emcee extraordinaire and Pinecrest High School theatre arts educator – it’s no surprise that Adam Faw is the recipient of this year’s NCTC K-12 Educator Award! His dedicated Pinecrest Players are regular hosts of the NCTC High School and Middle School Play Festivals and members of the NCTC Fundraising Partner Program. Adam pushes his students to strive for excellence, while also instilling sportsmanship and encouraging life-long theatre going habits. Under Adam’s direction, Pinecrest High School has received numerous NCTC awards, including the Distinguished Play honor at the 2009 State Play Festival. As a member of the NCTC Board of Directors, Adam was instrumental in creating and implementing changes to the Play Festival program, including “Cast Your Vote” and the most recent adjudication form and guidelines. Adam also played a leadership role in other NCTC programs including College Discovery Day and conferences for educators. You will also find Adam actively involved with NCTAE and advocating for arts funding at Arts Day. Adam’s students have a fantastic mentor, and the NC theatre community has a terrific leader in Adam Faw.
NCTC College/University Award – Gardner-Webb University
The theatre program at Gardner-Webb is small but mighty! Students at Gardner-Webb get a well-rounded liberal arts education, while also having excellent performance opportunities and a supportive faculty that encourages students to participate in the statewide theatre industry. Gardner-Webb has served as a host site for the NCTC High School Play Festival and faculty members are regularly seen recruiting at other regional sites and NCTC College Discovery Day. In recent years, the Gardner-Webb theatre department has grown in size and scope, thanks to its stellar faculty members including Sue Fair, Chris Nelson, Richard Horsley and Dean Jim Thomas. Congratulations to the G-W theatrical Bulldogs on this great honor!
NCTC Community Theatre Award – Green Room Community Theatre
The Green Room Community Theatre serves an expansive audience in Newton, NC. The company produces a mainstage season of classic and contemporary plays and musicals, as well as youth productions, after school programs and a summer Shakespeare initiative. We honor the staff, board and volunteers of the Green Room for artistic quality, excellence in delivering quality educational programs, the leadership they demonstrate by actively participating in NCTC programs, and the impressive ways the company is continuing to evolve to meet the needs of their community. Congratulations, Green Room!
NCTC George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award – Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has grown to become one of the top theatre and education organizations for young people in the United States. Nationally recognized for the breadth and strength of its programs, the theatre serves 300,000 children and families a year with technically imaginative productions and wide-ranging education programs for young people. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library operate under a unique partnership in ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. ImaginOn brings stories to life by combining exceptional theatre, literature and programming for young people under one roof. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is committing to stregthening the NC theatre industry, through their service as a host site for the NCTC High School Play Festival, and their hosting partnership for the 2014 Producing Gathering. This is the fourth NCTC Award for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte! Previous awards include the Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award, presented in 1997 and again in 2003; and the 2005 George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award.
Applause! Cary Youth Theatre is a program of the Cary Arts Center, producing 2-3 main stage productions each year, and providing after-school acting, musical theatre and technical theatre classes. Applause! programs explore and develop theatre skills and encourage participants to share ideas, think creatively and work collaboratively. Applause’s structure is unique, with strong support from the Town of Cary and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. Applause! is under the excellent direction of Rachel Baranski and is a shining example of the great things a city can accomplish by investing in the arts!
About the NCTC Awards
Each year, the NCTC Board of Directors presents the NCTC Awards to companies, schools and individuals that are active NCTC members and have exhibited leadership roles in their community, as well as artistic, professional or educational excellence.
Only current NCTC members are eligible to receive NCTC Awards. Individuals may be considered for an award if they are an individual member or affiliated with an organizational member. In addition, to be considered for NCTC Awards, nominees must be active NCTC members, participating in annual events and serving as an advocate for NCTC to their constituents.