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. 

Available Awards:

Awards for Individuals

NCTC Marian A. Smith Distinguished Career Award – presented to an individual who has led an exceptional career in the NC theatre community, serving as a leader and a master of their craft or work.

NCTC Herman Middleton Distinguished Service Award – presented to an individual who has demonstrated significant service to both NCTC and the NC theatre community.

NCTC K-12 Theatre Arts Educator Award – presented to a current or former theatre teacher in North Carolina schools, who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom, superior production achievement, and has served as a leader among peers. 

Awards for Organizations

The following awards are presented to theatre companies and schools that have demonstrated excellence in performance and in service of their mission:

NCTC College/University Award
NCTC Community Theatre Award
NCTC George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award

Eligibility, Nominations & Selection


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. 

Check the "Meet our Members" pages to see if your organization is eligible!

Nomination Process

NCTC members may nominate themselves, their own theatre/school, another outstanding organization, or an industry peer. We encourage students at NCTC member schools (K-12 and College) to nominate their teachers or theatre program.

Nominations must be received by November 13, 2017. Please send all nominations via email to NCTC General Manager Amanda Clark (

Your email should include: 

  1. Your name and phone number.
  2. The name of the person/organization you are nominating and complete contact information for the nominee, including primary contact’s email address, phone number and website (if applicable).
  3. Your nomination, in the form of a Word Document, PDF or a link to a YouTube video. Written nominations should be no more than 2 pages. Video nominations should not exceed 5 minutes. In your nomination, please address the following items:
  • Describe the accomplishments of the nominee and why they would be considered eligible to receive an NCTC Award.
  • Why should the NCTC Board consider this nominee in this particular year? Is there anything that makes 2017 or 2018 special?
  • Describe the nominee’s involvement in NCTC and how they have served as an advocate for NCTC to their constituents.
Award Selection & Nomination Process

The NCTC Board of Directors will review all nominations and make award selections. Winners will be announced in December. Board and staff members will work with honorees to plan award presentations at functions of their choice, in their community. When possible, nominators and other NCTC members will be invited to attend award presentations.

Congratulations to the 2016 NCTC Award Recipients

For over two decades, Sidney Horton has been a key player in the greater Charlotte theatre community. He has acted and directed at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Matthews Playhouse, Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, the Afro-American Cultural Center (now the Gantt Center) and he is currently directing Theatre Charlotte’s 10th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol. Mr. Horton served on the NCTC Board of Directors from 2008-2013 and was instrumental in establishing the current rules and hosting guidelines for the High School and Middle School Play Festivals. As a Board Member, Sidney was part of a leadership group that established fundraising guidelines and made key decisions that helped grow the organization. Sidney is actively involved with many NCTC programs, but his heart is in the High School Play Festival, which he participated in as a student and where he continues to play a leadership role. Sidney's service to NCTC and the greater NC theatre industry make him very deserving of this prestigious award.

Bonnie Fraker is currently the Theatre Department Chair at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte. Productions directed by Bonnie, such as The Rimers of Eldritch, Romeo and Juliet, The Arabian Nights, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, have been honored at the NCTC Regional and State High School Play Festivals. The Rimers of Eldritch received a Distinguished Play award at the 2013 NCTC State High School Play Festival and represented NC at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Mobile, AL. Bonnie is an outstanding teacher and director who works tirelessly with and for her students. Her students are consistently motivated to achieve their potential and they regularly advance to top-notch college/university theatre programs and work in professional theatre. Bonnie is respected by colleagues throughout the state for her incredible work and passionate commitment to arts education.

Appalachian State University is respected for their commitment to fostering future artists, educators and arts supporters. With many degree offerings, the program is most widely celebrated for their outstanding Theatre Education and Theatre for Youth programs. Alumni of ASU can be seen on professional theatre stages, in administrative positions in regional theatres, and teaching in classrooms across the country. NCTC Board Vice President Adam Faw (an ASU alum) says, “I credit much of my success as an artist and an educator to the opportunities afforded to me by ASU. I received training as an actor, director, dancer, technical director, scenic designer, lighting operator, and educator. Needless to say, the graduates from their program are well-rounded and prepared for their entry to the arts world.”

Over the past 68 years, Theatre In The Park has grown into one of Raleigh’s most recognized and respected theatre venues. The organization honors their mission of providing a quality experience to a diverse audience base in Raleigh and the surrounding areas; offering the public an opportunity to see and participate in high quality dramatic classes and productions; and involving the community in the creation and development of live theatre to nurture a general appreciation and respect for the arts. Theatre In The Park has won several INDY Awards for their productions and performances, and also received The Medal of Arts Award by the Raleigh Arts Commission. The theatre is committed to growing future performing artists, offering three scholarships each year to students pursuing higher education in theatre. The NCTC Board is pleased to salute Theatre In The Park for their outstanding artistic quality, service to their community, and their commitment to cultivating artists and arts supporters.

Founded in 2012, Judson Theatre Company is a young company, but it has quickly established itself as a leading arts organization in Moore County. As Moore County's only professional theatre, they offer a high-quality theatrical experience for the Sandhills region, bringing professional actors from across the nation to work side by side with local performers, technicians and students. Judson has an exemplary relationship with the Moore County Schools, presenting performances for student audiences, along with study guides and classroom engagement initiatives, all at no cost to students and schools. The NCTC Board recognizes the great impact of this emerging company on Moore County audiences, and looks forward to the exciting work that will come from Judson in the future.