The NCTC awards are presented by the NCTC Board of Directors and Past Presidents to companies, schools, and individuals that have exhibited leadership roles in their community, as well as artistic, professional, or educational excellence.
The 2009 NCTC Award Recipients:
Bo Thorp (Cape Fear Regional Theatre)
NCTC Marian A. Smith Distinguished Career Award
Bo Thorp is the Founding Artistic Director of Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, NC. In 1962, Bo, her husband Herbert, and friends founded Fayetteville Little Theatre. Nearly 50 years later, the Little Theatre is now Cape Fear Regional Theatre, one of the state’s most respected companies with 3,500 subscribers. Bo is an exceptional artist, director and performer, but more than that, she is a force of nature in the Fayetteville community. She has found ways to reach every corner in every way – programming shows that speak to social issues, attracting underserved and diverse audiences, and encouraging meaningful conversations. Bo served on the NCTC Board of Directors of six years and has been an active member for many more. She has received numerous accolades over her esteemed career, mostly recently the North Carolina Award – the Governor’s highest civilian honor. NCTC is incredibly proud to celebrate and honor the career of Bo Thorp.
Steve Lloyd (Haywood Arts Regional Theatre)
NCTC Herman Middleton Distinguished Service Award
Steve Lloyd is the Executive Director of Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville, NC. Steve has served NCTC and the theatre community at large through many years of dedicated service. For several years, Steve chaired NC’s Community Theatre Festival, taking top production honors in NC three times and twice at the SETC Convention. Steve has served on the NCTC Board of Directors and is a Past-President of the organization. He has adjudicated numerous play festivals and auditions, hosted NCTC gatherings, and served as a leading advocate for Community Theatre funding and development. NCTC is incredibly grateful for Steve’s passion, dedication, and service. It is our great honor to present him with this award.
NCTC College/University Award
Greensboro College is receiving the NCTC College/University award for a second time, making it the most honored college in NCTC history. Greensboro College offers an intensive undergraduate theatre training opportunity within the context of a strong liberal arts environment. In addition to their exceptional training, the GC theatre department works in partnership with NCTC to coordinate the SETC Screening Auditions and NCTC College/University Auditions and Fair. The students, faculty and staff of GC donate hundreds of volunteer hours to coordinate these events and also served as hosts for the 2007 and 2008 NCTC Fall Gatherings. NCTC is proud to honor David Schram, John Saari, Robin Monteith, and the entire Theatre Department of Greensboro College.
Hickory Community Theatre
NCTC Community Theatre Award
Hickory Community Theatre is a volunteer based, nonprofit organization that exists to offer quality live theatre, provide lifelong learning opportunities, and foster creative expression throughout the community in a fiscally responsible manner. The company is celebrating 60 years and is consistently recognized for the quality of their productions and depth of community service. Congratulations to Artistic Director Pamela Livingstone, Managing Director John Rambo, and the entire Hickory CT team!
Summer Youth Conservatory at PlayMakers Repertory Company
(a collaboration with The Arts Center of Carrboro)
NCTC Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award
In just three years the Summer Youth Conservatory, in partnership with the Arts Center, has become an outstanding program for youth theatre in North Carolina. From standard musicals to Shakespeare, the Conservatory students have the unique opportunity to work with the staff and artists of NC’s only LORT theatre. The Conservatory has made PlayMakers more accessible to the youth of the Triangle and has been a catalyst for the perhaps the greatest period of community outreach in the company’s history. NCTC honors Joe Haj, Jeff Meanza, Hannah Grannemann and the entire PlayMakers staff for their achievement!
North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
NCTC George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award
The NCBPAC is committed to supporting professional theatre in Charlotte and beyond. The organization assists smaller theatre companies by providing affordable performance space. They also developed Carolina Tix, which has provided a central box office with online presence for most of the Charlotte-area performing arts groups. The participating organizations benefit from weekly e-blasts to over 50,000 recipients every week. The NCBPAC has also served on the producing team of Broadways shows including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot and The Color Purple. Tom Gabbard, Douglas Young, Brannon Wiles, and other Blumenthal Staff members are active NCTC members, with the organization serving as a sponsor of the 2009 Producing Theatre Gathering.
Michelle Long (Charlotte Christian School)
NCTC K-12 Theatre Educator Award
Michelle Long is the Director of Fine Arts at Charlotte Christian School. In 2008, she directed “As You Like It” which received the Distinguished Play Award at the NCTC State High School Play Festival. The production went on to receive directing and acting awards at the SETC convention in 2009. Michelle is also an accomplished playwright. Students from Charlotte Christian School performed her play, “By Grace” at the National Performing Arts Festival in 2008 and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009. Under Michelle’s leadership, Charlotte Christian School participates in the NCTC High School and Middle School Play Festivals and will serve as a host site for the 2010 Middle School Play Festival. Michelle serves on the Board of Directors of the Christians in Theatre Arts organization and is an active member of NCTC.