“Don’t be afraid to jump in and see everything.” Sage advice from Lisa Carr, this year’s Gary Lee Maker Audience Award honoree, who will receive her award at the September 28th performance of Brave Spirits’ Anthony and Cleopatra.
Lynda Elyse Bryce, outstanding audience member and 2013 Gary Maker Award winner
The first time Linda Elyse Bryce met Gary Maker, she was helping to run a program called “The Angels” for Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Angels recruited Shakespeare subscribers and donors to help introduce Shakespeare’s interns and fellows to the nation’s capital. Gary and his partner, the late Paul Desmarais, were among the first to volunteer.
Recipient for 2013 Gary Maker Audience Award announced
Linda Elyse Bryce, a veteran supporter of multiple theaters in the Washington area, has won the 2013 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award, DC Theatre Scene’s award committee announced today. Bryce will receive her award – a handcrafted sculpture created by glass artist Teddi Hathaway and a year’s subscription to Faction of Fools – at a […]
Meet Tom Holzman and Alison Drucker, 2012 recipients of the Gary Maker Audience Award
Thomas Holzman and Alison Drucker have been married for many years. They have shared many aspects of their lives. They have raised two children, now grown, and they are both attorneys. Now, one of their favorite shared activities has brought them together again, this time for a unique honor. They are the 2012 recipients of […]
Recipients of the 2012 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award announced
On Friday, September 14th, minutes before two Hollywood divas and one pampered lap dog enter the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel heading for the same suite in 1st Stage’s farce Suite Surrender, a brief curtain presentation will take place. Audiences won’t learn about the company’s new season, but will instead honor two of their own, […]
David Tannous first recipient of DCTS’ award for outstanding audience member
Today on Metro Connection, WAMU 88.5 listeners will learn about the Gary Lee Maker Award and hear from its just- announced first recipient, long time theatre supporter, David Tannous. Metro Connection producer Rebecca Sheir found the story of creating an award for an audience member a perfect fit for this week’s theme ‘Outside the Box’.
Creating the Gary Maker Audience Award
When we commissioned Washington, DC glass artist Teddie Hathaway to create the Gary Maker Award, we asked that the piece express the energy and creativity of live performance and the idea that the award recipients are stars among audience members.
Gary Lee Maker
Gary Lee Maker, a gentle, sensitive man, full of warmth and good humor, was a passionate supporter of Washington area theatre. He could often be seen in the audience with his long time partner Paul Desmarais, and, after, in the lobby, giving words of encouragement to artists and producers. He died February 17, 2011 at […]
David Tannous, recipient of the 2011 Gary Maker Audience Award
David Tannous can usually be found front row center at just about every production produced in the Washington area. In theatre circles, he is known as the man who attends every show. And he sees each production not just once but two or three times. “I like to catch a show early in the run, […]