Each season the current Members of The Suzi Bass Awards will vote to award a special prize to a person from the greater Atlanta theatre community. This award is intended to recognize the long-term, intensive, or extraordinary work of a volunteer for a Suzi Participating Theatre. Nominees for this award will have contributed significant time and talent to their chosen organization. Since the support of volunteers is so vital to the functioning of theatre organizations in the Atlanta community, this award strives to recognize the contribution of all volunteers by highlighting a few.
Beverly Powell has served in many different facets since her first coming to Stage Door Players over 30 years ago. An on again, off again member of the Board of Directors, she has been President of the Board, Secretary, Operations Chair, and a member at large. Beverly is now our Office Manager and handles the day to day running of the Box Office and the organization of our volunteers.
All as an unpaid volunteer herself.
Every season she takes on the daunting of handling our Season Subscriber organization and mailings. She handles ticketing during performances, answers the phones at the reservation desk two of the five days our Box Office is open and works the Box Office window at our shows two to three times during the run.
Beverly’s passion for Stage Door was instrumental in bringing me on board, first as a guest director and later as the Artistic Director of the theater company. I always remark that if it hadn’t been for Bev, I wouldn’t be here, and if she ever leaves, the joint might just as well shut down. She was also the recipient of the first Directors Award I gave at our Annual Woodie Awards.
She has supported me over the last ten years in helping us make the transition from Community Theatre organization utilizing volunteer performers, designers and directors to a fully professional Company now a thriving member of the Atlanta Theater scene, and part of the Suzi Bass Organization.
This nomination is supported by our current Board of Directors our team of Box Office volunteers, and the staff and resident design team of Stage Door Players.
- Robert Egizio, Artistic Director
Thyrsa has served as a board member at Synchronicity Theatre for more than 2 years. During that time she has served a number of functions, including chairing the search committee for our Managing Director Dee Sandt, and co-chairing our annual Women in the Arts Panel Luncheon. Thyrsa currently serves as Synchronicity’s Fundraising Committee Chair. In addition to her work at Synchronicity, Thyrsa is a graduate of the VIP Board Training program through United Way, and is an Associate National Technology Relationship Leader at Deloitte Services LP.
Thyrsa is a graceful and effective leader. She has a quiet, focused style and she is beloved on our board for her gentle but targeted project management. She does an excellent job at moving projects forward and keeping everyone on task, without creating a sense of resentment or frustration. She is a great team player and is a presence that you always want to have in the room.
Thyrsa is also someone who does not seek any sort of recognition, but serves diligently and with a commitment to the mission. She is intentional about her comments, and always looks to find specific and actionable ways to benefit and move Synchronicity forward.
We have been honored to have Thyrsa Gravely serve on our board, and we appreciate her for her tireless service as a member of Synchronicity’s board. - Rachel May, Artistic Director and the staff of Synchronicity
Nomination and Voting Process
o Nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Award are submitted by the Administrative Personnel of Participating Theatres.
1) a long-time volunteer who fills a staff position that must otherwise be budgeted;
2) a dedicated board or committee member who has personally spearheaded a successful major campaign or initiative;
3) a volunteer who has remained consistently involved through difficult times or over a long period;
4) a volunteer that your audiences or staff have come to recognize as part of your organization, and who actively contributes to your successful operation.
Since volunteer jobs are as varied as those that fill them, the possibilities are endless!
o Each organization may nominate one volunteer each year (an individual or a couple) by submitting a written statement of 250 words or less and a photograph. Those submitted for the Volunteer of the Year award will be highlighted at the Nomination Announcement Event and on the Suzi website. Before the Awards Event in November, a ballot with nominating statements will be sent to the Members of the Suzi Awards, who will vote for a winner. (Any tie will be re-balloted, resulting in only one winner each year.) Members will vote by internet/email only, and the results will be confidential.
o The Volunteer Award will be presented at the Suzi Awards Event by one representative each of the Suzi Membership and the Nominating Theatre. (Announcement of the winner may occur prior to the presentation of the Award.)
o Previous Volunteer of the Year winners may not be re-nominated for a period of ten (10) years.