Nominations open for 1st annual Melissa Hines Award

The Gregory Awards are proud to present the Melissa Hines Award for Outstanding Theatre Practitioner! The recipient of this “behind the scenes” award will be honored for their involvement with theatre in Washington State over the last year. This honor is named in memory of the late Melissa Hines. She was the stalwart managing director of the Empty Space Theatre, participated on arts boards, and directed cultural activities in Seattle. This category is intended to honor those dedicated individuals who make theatre possible, enabling artists to do their art, but who often are not recognized by curtain calls, reviews or awards. This category may include production crew and stage management, volunteers, administrators, board members, donors and patrons.

As Misha Berson stated in Melissa’s obituary on April 11, 2011 in the Seattle Times, “They don’t get the audience applause and the critical acclaim. But without the hard work and passionate commitment of behind-the-scenes people like Melissa Hines, Seattle would not have the vibrant performing arts scene the city is celebrated for.” To nominate someone you know for this category, please submit 200 words or less to melissahinesaward@gregoryawards.org by August 31, 2012 to have them be considered for this year’s award. 

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