Grand Rapids Theatre Director Honored at International Event

Penelope Notter, Associate Director Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, receives AACT Distinguished Merit Award.
March 31, 2010 - PRLog -- Grand Rapids, Michigan March 30, 2010 - This June American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) will present the Distinguished Merit Award to Associate Director Penelope Notter of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre at its international summer event in Venice, Florida. The Distinguished Merit Award is presented to those who promote and develop high standards for community theatre. Since 1979 this award has been presented various people and organizations across the US and Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is the second community theatre in the state of Michigan to boast a recipient.
In addition, Notter was recently awarded the prestigious Robert A McKenna Community Theatre Achievement Award. Presented by the Community Theatre Association of Michigan (CTAM) this annual recognition is bestowed to an individual who exhibits, through action, commitment and dedication, his or her support of community theatre on the state and local level. Nominees are recommended by peers for review and consideration by the CTAM Board of Directors.
Notter has served as an adjudicator for high school productions and festivals.  She has organized and participated in numerous high school career days promoting theatre as a career and community theatre in general. Notter has directed over 70 productions at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Circle Theatre, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids, and Grand Valley State University.  A very accomplished actress, she also performs.
Statewide Notter has served as a workshop leader for CTAM and continues to lend her expertise for acting and directing workshops. Her Directing Master Class has been noted as being “one of the best.” An advocate for children’s theatre, she has served on related state committees for training sessions and workshops.
Nationally, Notter served as AACT Workshop Chair (97-03), planning all of the workshops for AACT Festivals. She has been a Member at Large for AACT, served on the AACT Education Committee and AACT Adjudication Committee. In addition, she has served as a national workshop instructor and leader.
There are many reasons that one could write about in honor of Notter and all she has done for community theatre, but the most poignant characteristic is Notter’s ‘P-Factor;’ a passion for performance and people that is truly profound.  She uses this p-factor to energize and invigorate volunteers in a way no other can.  Her passion is beyond the norm and spreads like wild fire leaving a rejuvenated path of magic that comes alive on-stage.  Penny’s unique p-factor has inspired countless young people to follow their theatre dream. And, to this day, there are many, many souls out there infected with the p-factor; each making art because of Penelope Notter’s commitment to community theatre.

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