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    Posted July 6, 2011

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A Texas-sized accomplishment indeed!

On press opening night of PIPPIN, the final show before Theatre Three begins its record-breaking 50th anniversary season, Area Liaison Pam Dougherty and members of the DFW Liaison committee surprised Jac Alder with a giant version of his AEA Life Membership card, which Council recently awarded.

Jac and his late wife Norma Young founded Theatre Three in 1962, he has been at the helm of the theater ever since, and has been a paidup member himself since 1972. Theatre Three was one of the first in Texas to hire AEA members, and Jac began the regional movement to hire North Texas based professional actors. His loyalty and commitment to hiring AEA members is one of the reasons so many theater artists are able to build professional careers in North Texas.

Mr. Alder is one of the two longest continuously running Artistic Directors in American theater. After the presentation, he spoke briefly to the packed house, and left the stage amidst an emotional standing ovation.


AEA and EMC members of the along with DFW Area Liaison committee members celebrate Jac Alder's accomplishments.

Top: Chamblee Ferguson*--Bradley Campbell--Gregory Lush*
Middle: Sharon Garrison*--Sally Soldo*--Jac Alder--Linda Coleman*--Natalie King
Bottom: Pam Dougherty*--Max Swarner**--Connie Coit Kitchens*
* indicates committee member. ** candidate

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