The Gary Maker Audience Award is intended for the mostly unrecognized supporter – the sort of person every theater wants in its audience — one who laughs freely, applauds enthusiastically, speaks well of theatre and its practitioners, gives a supportive word or a sympathetic ear to theater artists, encourages others to attend and, in general, gives a return to the art worth many times the price of a ticket.
Each year, all professional Washington area theatre companies will be asked to nominate one person from among their constituents with a simple open ended question or two.
The Gary Maker Awards Committee then selects the final recipient.
The presentation will be made in front of an audience of the nominating company at the start of the season.
The recipient receives the Gary Maker Audience Award, an original work of art commissioned from glass artist Teddie Hathaway.