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Updated May 29, 2013

The Lucy Jordan Award

goes to Glenn Bruner

Glenn Bruner

Glenn Bruner

Stage Manager Glenn Bruner is the recipient of Equity's 2012 Lucy Jordan Recognition Award, which honors an individual in the theatrical community. The award was presented by Equity's Western Regional Board and Stage Managers' Committee on May 6 during a special member reception at Tucson's historic Temple of Music and Art.

Accepting the Award, Mr. Bruner noted that he usually spends a lot of his time in a darkened control booth, so he was delighted to "bask for a moment in more than 15 watts of light and in a room where the walls are not painted black." He spoke of receiving his Equity card in 1981: "Backstage on the opening night, I recall feeling not only excitement, but also a strong sense of gratitude and privilege for being allowed to be there. In the 32 years since, I have continued to feel that gratitude, that privilege. Though I am closer to retirement than I am to the beginning of my career, I continue to be as excited about the future as I am fond of the past that brought me here. I am proud to be the 2012 recipient of the Lucy Jordan Award; I am proud to be the first stage manager so honored, and I am proud to be a member of Actors' Equity Association."

Mr. Bruner is in his 13th season as Production Stage Manager at the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC). During his career, he has also worked at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Pasadena Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Studio Arena Theatre and Maine's Portland Stage Company. He was the Assistant Stage Manager for the world premiere of On the Waterfront at The Cleveland Play House and stage managed the Off-Broadway premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings. In addition, he has been the voice for many radio and TV commercials and worked for Texas Public Radio in his hometown of San Antonio.

The Lucy Jordan Recognition Award was established in 1992 by AEA's Western Regional Board to honor and commemorate the unflagging spirit of Lucy Jordan, a former Western Regional Field Business Representative, who died that year. The award is administered by AEA's Western Regional Stage Managers' Committee.

Glenn Bruner
WRB members Vernon Willet (left) and James T. McDermott (right) present the Lucy Jordan Recognition Award to Glenn Bruner.


Award pages:

Arizona Theatre Service
Diversity on Broadway

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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