The Callboard Award recognizes work by theatre professionals in production which is not included in the categories of the Suzi Performance Awards. The Callboard Award is for stage managers, technicians, front of house and patron staff, or others.
Suzi Members are the exclusive voters for the Callboard Award, and nonminations for the award come from participating theatres or any Suzi Member.
The 2015 Nominees for the Callboard Award are: (for a photo of each nominee, click on the name)
Elisabeth Cooper - Synchronicity
Synchronicity nominates Elisabeth Cooper for the Callboard Award. Elisabeth is a remarkable asset to the Atlanta theatre community in so many ways. She is a Lighting and Props Designer who has worked at nearly every theatre in town in some capacity. She has also been a full-time educator for the past 10 years at Shiloh High School, where she built a devoted legion of students. During that entire time, she continued to design professionally, while also continuing to add to her skills by directing and also commissioning/developing scripts from local writers. Additionally she works as a Technical Director and general technician at many theatres. Beyond these abilities, Elisabeth is truly the most well-rounded and helpful theatre professional that I have ever met. She is one of those people whom you go to when the chips are down and a production is in trouble. Her calming presence helps to soothe and focus the room, and her tremendous skills and knowledge provide ample resources for even tech-stress-riddled brains to help problem solve and find effective and achievable solutions. She is also a delight to have around and a true friend to so many artists and organizations.
At Synchronicity, Elisabeth has worked for many years in many capacities and we truly value her contribution as a part of our company. Additionally, however, she designs lights each year for our Playmaking for Girls program, with girls from the juvenile justice and refugee communities. This is delicate, sensitive work, and each of our designers must also know how to work in a room with teens in trouble. Elisabeth has served admirably in this capacity each year, providing a steady energy and calm for the girls and for our teachers when challenges arise, as they often do when working with sensitive communities in this way. Many years ago, I also ran a summer camp for over 80 children each summer at the Ferst Center for the Arts. Again, Elisabeth served as one of my most trusted and valued teachers, both teaching children age 8-13 the ins and outs of scenic design, lighting and sound; but also designing each of those elements with little helpers for our end of camp ‘big show.’ While I no longer direct that camp, Elisabeth still works there each summer.
The theme is clear – Elisabeth Cooper is a highly-skilled, incredibly effective theatre designer, technician and teacher who has been supporting, contributing to and helping raise up Atlanta theatre communities for over two decades. I encourage the Suzi Members to grant her the Callboard Award in honor of her incredible body of work.
- Rachel May, Artistic Director and the Synchronicity Staff
Ken McNeil - Alliance Theatre
Ken has been a part of the Atlanta performing arts community for more years than I can count. His love of this community is evident in every facet of the work he does. Whether working as a Senior
Ticket Agent in the Alliance Theatre Season Ticket office or Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, as a House Manager for the Alliance Theatre or as the Wardrobe Supervisor for the Atlanta Opera - when Ken McNeil is on your team, you are grateful.
You are grateful for his dedication. You are grateful for his in depth knowledge of the arts community. You are grateful for his decade’s long relationships with your patrons and artists. But most importantly, you are grateful for his heart.
As we all know, working in customer service is often stressful and thankless. Even with the most high maintenance of guests or artists, Ken exemplifies grace under fire. He routinely goes above and beyond for his patrons and co-workers. When you need a ticket exchanged, a button sewed, a shift covered, or an off-color joke to turn your day around - Ken is your man.
His unwavering dedication and loyalty to the Atlanta performing arts community is unparalleled. He does it all with joy in his heart and never expects to be recognized for his contributions. For those reasons, and many more I am pleased to nominate him for the Callboard Award. I am beyond grateful that he is my colleague and honored to call him my friend.
- Shana Orr, Ticketing & Patron Services Manager, Alliance Theatre
Sergio Rubio - Aurora Theatre
Seven seasons ago, a young high school student from Colombia began working at Aurora Theatre as an intern. Sergio Rubio helped wherever he could, and quickly became a member of the Aurora Theatre family. An example of the effect art can have on young people, Sergio began to succeed in his education and other areas of his life as he was mentored and encouraged by the staff of the Aurora. Sergio has continued to take further responsibility and has been working in many different areas of the organization for the past few years. His impact on our organization is too great to adequately express. He has been a spotlight operator, carpenter, electrician, stage manager for Teatro Aurora, marketing assistant and more. He works front of house, backstage, in the shop, selling concessions, and changing light bulbs. Recently we have had the honor of welcoming Sergio onto our full time staff as the Project Manager for Teatro Aurora, a program he has helped grow to heights we couldn’t have previously imagined. Even more impressive than his dedication to Aurora is his compassion for giving back to his community. Sergio recognizes the impact that the arts have had on his life and gives back by volunteering with student leadership organizations, volunteering to help out his high school theatre program, and encouraging other students to get involved so that their lives can be impacted as his has been. Sergio Rubio does more for Aurora Theatre and his community than any award could recognize, but the Callboard Award is one small way we can say thank you and give back a small fraction of what he has given us. It is an honor to nominate Sergio for this award, and we can think of no more deserving individual.
-The Aurora Theatre Staff and Board
Maclare (MC) Park - Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Maclare (MC) Park has been resident Props Master for Georgia Ensemble Theatre since its founding in 1993. She is one of those silent participants who make the magic of theatre happen. Her craftsmanship, loyalty, and gift of the “impossible find” are admirable to all who work with her. In addition to working with Georgia Ensemble Theatre for 23 years (most recently for Calendar Girls), she has also worked with the Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre (recently Memphis), Horizon Theatre (recently Avenue Q), Theatrical Outfit (recently Silent Sky and Storefront Church), True Colors, and many more. I believe MC embodies the true spirit of the Callboard Award – a person who is truly devoted to the theatre, but receives none of the public accolades that many other positions receive. Here’s to the Props Master! Here’s to Maclare Park!
- Tess Malis Kincaid, Resources Director, Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Submission form for Special Awards: Spirit of Suzi, Volunteer of the Year, Callboard Award, 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, Callboard Award, and Lifetime Achievement (PDF)