Volunteer of the Year Award
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.
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.
2013- Betty Mitchell - Synchronicity Theatre
2012- Sandra Meierhofer - New American Shakespeare Tavern
2011- Jessica Linden - Actor's Express
2010- Christine Billies - Georgia Ensemble Theatre
2013 Nominated Volunteers (for a photo, click on the volunteer's name)
7 Stages would like to nominate Dave Cassidy for volunteer of the year. For the past 3 years Dave has been a rock star volunteer. Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, Master Supporter, and Master Chef, Dave has been by our side through thick and thin. Dave spends countless hours in the theatre building during load in for our productions; he has even slept in the manger to ensure that the holiday show was built on time. He helps with facility projects, answers phones, and shuttles actors to rehearsals. During shows, at events, and sometimes on Saturday, you can find Dave in the lobby talking with patrons and spreading the word of 7 Stages. Last Christmas, he made his performance debut playing a support role in Krampus, and rocked it with commitment and joy. Master Chef you ask? That’s right, he cooks a great meal with an artistic flare. Providing an amazing spread for our Opening Night receptions, he always creates food in the theme of the show. His past meals have ranged from "time tacos with blue magno meat" for Navigator to gourmet wiener dogs for Angry Fags. Dave is always going above and beyond with a smile, and for this we thank him with our full hearts. He is not just a volunteer, Dave is a part of our family, a true friend, and we wouldn’t be the same without him.
- 7 Stages staff
There are volunteers, and then there are super vols! Every theatre deserves a Bill Little, Horizon’s dedicated volunteer for our Production Department. A systems analyst by day, Bill helps creates sets and props with welding torch and wood lathe at the ready. With his brilliant, creative mind and with years of experience, Bill is this theatre’s Renaissance man and secret weapon. Bill can take a pile of old diner stools (with pieces missing) and restore them to their fully functional chrome beauty. From an old photo, Bill can create detailed wood ornaments from a 1920s bungalow. Bill is a master with drill press and welder and steel. The trailer he shows up in with a haul of materials for a set is one he made himself from parts of a Model A Ford and a 1953 Chevy. He has volunteered countless hours of his time and expertise over the past few years – and his craftsmanship has been seen onstage in Time Stands Still, The Waffle Palace, The Book Club Play, Every Tongue Confess and Third Country in the last year. On top of this, he is an accomplished sculptor and visual artist with a house and backyard full of his unique creations. In his extensive basement workshop, he creates magic out of recycled materials of all kinds. We are honored to know him, love him and count him as part of our team. His resourcefulness and always cheerful energy make him our choice for Volunteer of the Year.
- Jeff Adler and the Horizon Staff
Betty H. Mitchell has been one of the most dedicated of Synchronicity’s volunteers since as long as Producing Artistic Director Rachel May can remember – since the company’s inception 16 years ago. For the last three years, she has even increased her volunteer involvement by serving as the organization’s Volunteer Coordinator, recruiting, organizing and communicating with the many volunteers who make Synchronicity tick. She coordinates and participates in all volunteer activities: ushering, festivals, office work, Playmaking for Girls summer program for at-risk teen girls, and more.
Betty is an indispensable part of the volunteer community, not just at Synchronicity, but for all of metro Atlanta, including Atlantix and countless other theatre companies, on top of being an active actor, director and theatre maker. I can personally vouch for the time and effort she pours into mobilizing communities to help make Atlanta’s theatre companies a vibrant and successful part of the cultural tapestry in this city. Her commitment is not simply to one company, though we at Synchronicity are fortunate to enjoy so much of her volunteer time, but more significantly to the theatre community as a whole. We can’t imagine this industry without Betty Mitchell and would like to honor her herculean efforts with this nomination!
- Rachel May, Artistic Director
Brenda Perdue - Aurora Theatre
Aurora Theatre first met Brenda Perdue around 2002. She and her late husband Dr. Garland Perdue were season ticket holders, financial contributors, and supportive and caring patrons from their first visit. For years, they were both available and filled in wherever needed. They were pivotal in the creation of the Volunteer Guild and they worked tirelessly from cleaning bathrooms, to manning the concession stand. From greeting patrons for sponsor events to hosting cast parties at their Suwanee home they were a vibrant part of Aurora’s growth. One fond memory of their stalwart dedication included the mid-preview performance medical emergency care. (An actor fell during Das Barbacu and injured herself. Dr. Garland flew to the rescue.) They also were on hand to decorate the theatre for Halloween and then return to redecorate for Christmas.
The creation of Aurora Theatre’s new theatre complex in Lawrenceville would not have been possible without their tireless efforts. They served on the Creating the Castle capital campaign committee, and they were here to christen the new Aurora Theatre in 2007. Sadly Garland, passed just a few shorts months after the new Aurora opened. We thought we might lose Brenda as a volunteer, but to our surprise and joy she continues to this day to be a key leader of our Volunteer Guild.
As the head of Volunteer Communications, Brenda creates a steady stream of emails to our 400 guild members, she has become a master at using the Constant Contact Email program. Without Brenda, Aurora Theatre would not be the thriving organization it is today. She helps to staff volunteers for the 300 events that happen every season and organizes special events throughout the year like the Festival of Trees. The happiness which Brenda exudes to our patrons, staff and visiting artists is always warm and welcoming. There have been precious few cast dinners or guild meetings over the years where Brenda has not been present and she is always engaged in making sure everyone is fed and happy.
Ann-Carol and I are proud to nominate Brenda Perdue for this award because of her enduring legacy with the Aurora Theatre. But most of all AC and I are proud that Brenda is not only our friend but our family.
Anthony Rodriguez, Artistic Director
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 nine 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 (Jim Redovian, Dan Womack, Marcie Millard, Michael Magursky, Eve Schneps, Mark Cole, Patty Mosely, Sally Horan, Lee Hedden, Celia Gardner and Jim Adkins), our team of Box Office volunteers (Marcia Kuniansky, Janet Yale, Connie Seidel, Kathleen McCook, Sarah Cave, Deborah Kloder, Chris Franken, Pam Woodward and Carla Masecar), and the staff and resident design team of Stage Door Players (Courtney Loner, Chuck Welcome, Jim Alford, J.D Williams and Dan Bauman)
- Robert Egizio, Artistic Director
Submission form for Special Awards: Spirit of Suzi, Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement
Use this form to submit special awards candidates and information about them.
Submission form for Special Awards: Spirit of Suzi, Volunteer of the Year and Lifetiime Achievement (PDF)
Guidelines for Special Awards 2012 (PDF)
Guidelines for all Special Awards: Spirit of Suzi, Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award, Lifetime Achievement, Volunteer of the Year, and Audience Choice for Outstanding Season