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November 10, 2003

Equity Members in Arizona Create First "Arizona Theatre Service Award"
Arizona Award

Actors' Equity Regional Director John Holly, (Actors Equity Liaison Committee members) Natalie Ellis, Charles St. Clair (chair), Robbie Harper, (Guest of Honor and Service Award recipient) Max McQueen, William Killian (below) Mark DeMichael and Erica Black

Annual Award Recognizes Contribution to the "Health and Visibility of Live Theatre" Theatre Editor Max McQueen Is Honored

The professional Actors and Stage Managers of Arizona are proud to announce the recipient of the first annual Arizona Theatre Service Award, Max McQueen. The award recognizes individuals in Arizona who have contributed to the "health and visibility of live theatre."

For 22 years, Max McQueen covered professional theatre in the Phoenix area and surrounding communities for the Mesa/East Valley Tribune. He conducted hundreds of interviews, and attended and reviewed countless theatre productions for the newspaper. Throughout two decades of writing, McQueen always managed to balance his criticism of the art form with a healthy respect for the profession and a tremendous understanding of the cultural significance of live theatre. He retired from the newspaper in April of this year and he continues to work for cultural and civic betterment in his role as executive director of Laura Turner Group Homes as well as with United Methodist Singles Ministry.

The Arizona Theatre Service Award came out of discussions among members of the Actors' Equity Association of Arizona and the desire to recognize individuals who have contributed to the health and visibility of live theatre. "Arizona is possessed of a rich cultural community and is blessed with partners who are deeply deserving of public appreciation for their work in bringing theatre to the people of our communities," said Equity liaison committee members Charles St. Clair and Mark DeMichele. "Individuals like Max McQueen allow theatre artists in our state to continue to create exciting, immediate performance experiences using the talent and the creativity of local performers and stage managers who wish to give their energy and efforts back to their local community. Members of Equity are grateful for the chance to offer their thanks through this award and look forward to rewarding many deserving individuals in the years to come."

The Arizona Theatre Service Award was presented at a special ceremony on Monday, September 15, 2003 at the Phoenix Theatre Mainstage. For further information, contact AEA Western Regional Director John Holly at 323-634-1750, or Charles St. Clair, c/o Equity Liaison Committee, 888-266-1731 extension 108.

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