Mort Clark Award
(This award may be presented at an international event)
Eva Moore has been involved with community theatre all her life, which has led her, quite naturally, into a successful career on every side of the stage. As Executive Director of Nova Scotia Drama League, she travelled the province and the world, working with hundreds of avid theatre folk who practice theatre for nothing more than pure joy. After attending her first international theatre festival in 1987, Eva produced the Great Canadian International Theatre Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1988, hosting 19 theatre groups from across Canada and around the world. An executive board member of the International Amateur Theatre Association (IATA/AITA) from 1991 to 2001, she created the prestigious Liverpool International Theatre Festival in 1992, and still serves as its Artistic Producer. In 2003, Eva bid for and won the AITA/IATA World Theatre Congress and Festival for Halifax, hosting 18 theatre companies and 300 delegates over 10 days in the historic port city. She was instrumental in the start-up of the Yakumo International Theatre Festival in Japan. Once referred to as one of the "Grand Old Broads of Canadian Theatre," Eva is a proud Past President of the National Multicultural Theatre Association and Theatre Canada. She resides in Bala, Muskoka, where she enjoys a slightly quieter lifestyle, and still dabbles in theatre.
2007 Hiroshi Koizumi (Japan)
This award is named in honor of Mort Clark, who began a 30-year career teaching Theatre and Speech at Westchester Community College in 1966. He served as department chair for a number of years and was instrumental in the design of the new theater in the Academic Arts Building. But he is perhaps best remembered for establishing an annual International Theatre Festival, which brought community theatre groups from all over the world to the Valhalla campus for a week of non-stop dramatic performances.
He served as president of the American Community Theatre Association (AACT's predecessor) and later served many years on the AACT Board as the Region II Rep. He was always there to greet new board members and make them feel welcome. He was honored by AACT with the David C. Bryant Outstanding Service Award, the Art Cole Award, and designation as an AACT Fellow. He adjudicated festivals throughout the country.
His passion for community theatre took him all over the world and earned him scores of awards, honorary titles and degrees too numerous to mention. He was a familiar presence at AACT meetings, festivals and conventions for many years. In 1993 Mort traveled to Monaco to be knighted by Princess Caroline on behalf of her father, prince Rainier. He was awarded the Chevalier Medal of Culture at Monaco's Princess Grace Theatre, and was thereafter entitled to be addressed as “Sir Mortimer”--an honor that delighted him thoroughly. Mort retired from Westchester Community College in 1997, and that year he made over 40 trips to teach and work with theatre groups around the world. He continued to travel and work until his death in 2007 at age 78.