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ANNUAL AWARDS

Each year, at its annual banquet, ACT-Cincinnati, Inc. recognizes four individuals with awards that acknowledge the winner’s contributions to Greater Cincinnati community theater. These awards recognize signiÿcant achievement by individuals who strive to encourage the growth and improve the quality of community theater throughout the region.

The nominees for three of the awards, The Art Rouse Award, The Mario Pitocco Award and The Roger Grooms Award, come from each of the member groups who may nominate one individual (or couple) for each award per year. The written nominations are read and discussed by a committee chaired by the Awards Chairperson and the committee votes on the winner of each award. The winner’s names are kept secret until the night of the banquet when the name of the winner is announced after a narrative of their experience and contributions has been read.

These awards are considered the highest honors ACT-Cincinnati can bestow on the winner. Even to be nominated for any of the awards is considered an honor as the nominations come from your peers who are recognizing your contributions to your theater group.

The fourth award, the President’s Award, is given by the President of ACT who chooses the winner based on an individual’s contributions to ACT-Cincinnati during the current season.

ART ROUSE AWARD      

Established in 1976

ACT of Greater Cincinnati presents the prestigious Art Rouse Award to an individual or couple who has shown exceptional commitments and dedication to community theatre. Art was a founding member of both ACT and OCTA. He served as president of ACT of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., establishing the annual President’s Award, and was a tireless and capable administrator. He was an OCTA delegate, and worked both on and off stage for numerous groups. This award is given in memory of Art and his efforts to promote community theatre and improve its quality.

Past Art Rouse Award Winners

Click here to download a nomination form for the Art Rouse Award

2017 ART ROUSE AWARD WINNER

Arlene Borock-Balczo

MARIO PITOCCO AWARD

Established in 1988

To preserve and encourage innovative technical theatre in memory of Mario Pitocco, this award is presented annually to honor an individual who has shown continuous service and excellence in creative technical theatre, including, but not limited to: costuming, house management lighting sound program, props, set décor, set design, set construction, stage management, etc.

Past Mario Pitocco Award Winners

Click here to download a nomination form for the Mario Pitocco Award

2017 MARIO PITOCCO AWARD WINNER

 Sharon Buchtman

ROGER GROOMS AWARD

Established in 2007

Known for his wit, eloquence, charm and passion for theatre, Roger Grooms supported the artistic growth of theatre in our region throughout his long career as an educator, film and dramatic critic, actor and director of plays and musicals. This award is therefore given annually in Roger’s memory to honor an individual who has demonstrated dedication to raising the artistic quality of community theater production through active teaching and/or by demonstrating sustained excellence in the categories of directing, acting, choreography, musical or vocal direction.

Past Roger Grooms Award Winners

Click here to download a nomination form for the Roger Grooms Award

2017 ROGER GROOMS AWARD WINNER

 Peggy Kenney

PRESIDENT'S AWARD

Established in 2007

The ACT President’s Award is given annually by the President of ACT to a an Act board member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to the goal’s of the ACT during that particular year. The award generally goes to the board member who has gone beyond the normal duties of their position and demonstrated extra effort.

Past President's Award Winners

2017 PRESIDENT'S AWARD WINNER

Ray Persing & the Long Range Judging Committee