Gary Lee Maker Audience Award

The Gary Lee Maker Audience Award
presented to a member of the audience whose love for theatre is an inspiration to all.

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About Gary Lee Maker

About Gary Lee Maker

Creating the Gary Lee Maker Award

Creating the Gary Lee Maker Award

Selecting the Recipient

Selecting the Recipient

2011 Award recipient, David Tannous

David Tannous 2011 recipient

2012 recipients: Tom Holzman and Alison Drucker

Tom Holzman and Alison Drucker 2012 co-recipients

2013 recipient: Linda Elyse Bryce

Linda Elyse Bryce, 2013 recipient

2014 recipient: Barbara Bear

Barbara Bear 2014 recipient

David S. Kessler, 2015 recipient

David S. Kessler 2015 recipient

Lisa Carr, 2016 recipient of the Gary Lee Maker Audience Award

Lisa Carr, 2016 recipient

 

 

 

 

Most art is finished before it ever reaches an audience. A painting, a sculpture, a film is what it is: we, as viewers, add or subtract, nothing.

But live theatre exists to be seen and experienced. Writers spin their ideas into words and their words into scripts. Designers, directors and performers collaborate for weeks, months, sometimes years to bring their unique interpretations to those words. Not until an audience arrives does theatre come to life. Audience members are the final collaborators.

And afterward?  The experience nests in the memory and imagination of those who have witnessed it. Some carry their experience further, sharing it with others, and doing whatever they can to nurture this most fragile of art forms. For the most part, they do this privately and unrewarded.

In memory of Gary Lee Maker, a gracious and enthusiastic audience member, DC Theatre Scene recognizes those who, like him, are passionate, involved, informed and grounded in their love for theater and lend their time and personal support to see that theatre in the Washington area not only survives, but thrives.

DC Theatre Scene is proud to present the Gary Lee Maker Award each year to outstanding individuals from the audience.

Special thanks to the estate of Gary Lee Maker and the donors who have supported this award
and to theatre audiences everywhere.

2016 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award Nominees
presented September 18, 2016
Lisa Carr (recipient)
nominated by Brave Spirits Theatre

Betsy Freeman
nominated by Landless Theatre
John Hague
nominated by Quotidian Theatre
Holly Hassett
nominated by Keegan Theatre
Sandra Buratti
nominated by MetroStage
Michael Kyrioglou
nominated by Constellation Theatre
Louis Delair
nominated by Arena Stage

2015 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award Nominees
presented October 2, 2015
David S. Kessler (recipient)
nominated by Folger Theatre and Flying V

John Hauge
nominated by Quotidian Theatre

Bob Reeg
nominated by Theater J
Elmore Brown
nominated by Toby’s Dinner Theatre
Louis Delair
nominated by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

2014 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award Nominees
presented September 23, 2014
Barbara Bear (recipient)
nominated by
No Rules Theatre Company

Lisa Carr
nominated by Source Festival and Venus Theatre
Sara Cormeny
nominated by Longacre Lea
Sara Cormeny and Pete Miller
nominated by Taffety Punk
Laura Dailey
nominated by 1st Stage
Louis Delar
nominated by Arena Stage
Alan Friedman and Lou Altaresque
nominated by Washington Stage Guild
David Kessler
nominated by Flying V Theatre, Forum Theatre and Happenstance Theater

 2013 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award Nominees
presented Saturday, September 14, 2013

Linda Elyse Bryce (recipient)
nominated by Faction of Fools

Barbara Bear
nominated by No Rules Theatre Company and Signature Theatre Company
Robert E. Hebda
nominated by Adventure Theatre

 2012 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award Nominees
presented Friday, September 14, 2012

Tom Holzman and Alison Drucker (recipients)
nominated by 1st Stage

Barbara Dickson,
nominated by Ford’s Theatre
Linda Elyse Bryce
nominated by Faction of Fools

2011 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award Nominees
June 11, 2011
David Tannous (recipient)
nominated by 1st Stage and Washington Shakespeare Company

Thomas Holzman and Alison Drucker
nominated by Longacre Lea
Robert E. Hebda
nominated by Signature Theatre
Linda Elyse Bryce
nominated by Shakespeare Theatre Company


The 2016 Gary Maker Award Committee:

coordinated by Tim Treanor

Susan Absher
Barbara Bear
Alison Drucker
Tom Holzman
David S. Kessler
Megan Morgan
Lorraine Treanor

Press for the Gary Lee Maker Award:

The Gary Maker Award featured on WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection
2014 Maker Award interview in Washington Post Express

Lorraine Treanor About Lorraine Treanor

Lorraine Treanor has been editor of DC Theatre Scene since 2006. She has produced plays and concerts in her hometown of Chicago, and twice in the Capital Fringe festival. Her daughter Nina Norris is an artist working in Chicago. Life's a blast because she shares it with writer Tim Treanor.

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