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The Lucy Jordan Award

Christopher Comte to Receive AEA's 2008 Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award

The 2008 Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award recipient is Seattle-based actor Christopher Comte. The award will be presented in Seattle at the next membership meeting in 2009.

The Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award (LJHA), established by the Western Region Stage Managers Committee in 1992, commemorates the unflagging spirit of former Western Region Business Field Rep, Lucy Jordan, who passed away unexpectedly in May of that year. It is the only recognition award given by the Western Regional Board and honors any members of the extended theatrical family who "go above and beyond the call of duty."

"As an artist, and as a proud member of AEA, I have always strongly believed that 'we are all in this together,' and that the best way to work on behalf of my own interests is to serve the interests of all, to contribute to the success of my community, and to strive for the betterment of my 'extended theatrical family,' said Mr. Comte. "I am both honored and deeply humbled to have been selected as recipient of the 2008 Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award, because to me it represents, not something I've sought on my own behalf, but rather something bestowed by members of that family to whom I owe so much, and for whom I hold such affection, admiration and respect."

In a career spanning three decades, Mr. Comte's experience has run the gamut of theatrical, film, and television production and administration, including roles in more than 70 plays, and featured appearances on television series such as Northern Exposure, The Fugitive, and Medicine Ball. He has been a company member of Seattle's Annex Theatre since 1988, recently directed its World Premiere of acclaimed monologuist Mike Daisey's first non-solo work, THE MOON IS A DEAD WORLD. A proud member of Equity since 2000, he serves on the Seattle Liaison Committee, which he chaired from 2001 to 2007, and during which time he had the honor of being the first non-elected Equity member to serve on a National Committee (Strategic Alliances/Mergers). He has been Site Coordinator for the Kevin Hadley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for Performing Artists since 2002, and since 2005 has been Membership Director for the Seattle Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He is currently Recording Secretary for the Seattle Theatrical Federation, and represents both AEA and AFTRA as a delegate to the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council.


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Lucy Finney Jordan began her career as a ballerina and danced as a musical chorus gypsy. She met Glenn Jordan, a Stage Manager, and fell in love, becoming a wife and mother. Later, when Glenn became a producer, she wore the hat of Associate Producer for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. When Glenn passed away, she knew she still needed the theatre in her life, and applied and was accepted for the position of Field Representative for the Western Region of AEA.

Lucy Jordan was a friend, advisor, and confidante to principals, chorus and stage managers alike. Whether at auditions, first rehearsals, opening nights or membership meetings, her office was open to all; and her home phone number was given to, and used by, many who needed to resolve an emergency or seek an opinion. For many people in the Western Region, Lucy Jordan was the face of the union. Ms. Jordan died on May 15, 1992 and this award in her honor was created that same year.

Recipients of the Lucy Jordan Recognition Award are:

    • 2017 - Michelle Polgar, Managing Director of the Mary Moody Northern Theatre at St. Edwards University
    • 2016 - Jay C. Sarno, San Diego arts leader
    • 2015 - No award given
    • 2014 - Mary Lou Westerfield, AEA Western Regional Director/Asst. Exec. Dir.
    • 2013 - Richard Connema , theatre critic
    • 2012 - Glenn Bruner, stage manager
    • 2011 - Connie McMillan, theatre supporter
    • 2010 - Lynne Soffer, actress, acting coach, teacher, and dialect coach
    • 2009 - Diane Ronneberg, wardrobe mistress and dresser
    • 2008 - Christopher Comte, Membership Director, Seattle Local AFTRA
    • 2007 - Rick Starr, Hollywood Sheet Music
    • 2006 - Don Toner, Managing Artistic Director/ Producer of the Austin Playhouse
    • 2005 - Dirk van Allen, actor and tireless theatre advocate
    • 2004 - Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director and Producer of Center Theatre Group
    • 2003 - Joseph Ruskin, Actor & AEA Councillor
    • 2002 - No award given
    • 2001 - Dr. Barry A. Kohn, Director & Physician of the Actors’ Fund Free Clinic
    • 2000 - Shawn Newmann, Western Regional Board Secretary
    • 1999 - Gary Marthaler, member of the Wardrobe Union
    • 1998 - Frank M. Young, Founder, President and CEO of Theatre Under The Stars and Executive Director of 5th Avenue Musical Theatre
    • 1997 - John Cauble, Signatory for Guest Artist for Universities
    • 1996 - Patricia MacDonald, House Manager of the Doolittle Theatre
    • 1995 - Tom Rolla, Gardenia Night Club
    • 1994 - Keith Stava, San Bernardino Civic Light Opera
    • 1993 - Howard Caine, Actor
    • 1992 - Iggie Wolfington, Actor & AEA Councillor Emeritus

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