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Posted November 22, 2005

Good Turnout for Membership Meeting

Thirty members attended a meeting in Atlanta on October 24, 2005. Special guests included Business Representative Lee Blair and Southeastern Traveling Rep Doug Truelson. One of the items discussed was the Suzi Bass Awards gala held the previous evening, during which Liaison Committee member Chris Ekholm was named Outstanding Actor and Committee chair Karen Howell received the "Spirit of Suzi" Award.

Suzi Bass Awards

The Suzi Bass Awards are greater Atlanta's first professional theatre awards. The Suzi, as the award is called, was created in 2003 by Atlanta native, veteran director, playwright and actor Gene-Gabriel Moore, who in 1982 founded The Townsend Prize, now the most important literary award in the South. The life and work of the late Suzi Bass, a much-loved and respected actor in Atlanta, inspired the prizes. "These are theatre awards only for theatre people and by theatre people," said Mr. Moore. In addition to Mr. Moore, Chairman, the executive committee includes Vice Chair Deadra Moore (no relation), Paul Holly, Yolanda Asher, Bill Pacer and Dianne Butler. The "Spirit of Suzi" Award won by Ms. Howell is given to a working performer or theatrical organization in metro Atlanta whose work mirrors Suzi Bass' long-time embrace of professionalism in the theatre.

Mr. Ekholm was cited for his performance in THE DIVINERS at Theatre in the Square, and Bernardine Mitchell was named Outstanding Actress for her performance in MAHALIA, also at Theatre in the Square.

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