Twink Lynch Award

Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement
Recognizes AACT member theatres for successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their community, or moving to the next level of organizational development.

 

2016 Honoree

Lincoln Community Playhouse
Lincoln, NE

Lincoln Community PlayhouseLincoln Community Playhouse, an integral part of the arts community since 1946, had fallen into seemingly insurmountable debt. Donors and patrons had abandoned the theatre, and after 64 years, Lincoln Community Playhouse (LCP) was on the brink of closure. During a town hall-style meeting, concerns were voiced: lack of transparency and leadership, poor productions, no community outreach, a failing facility, and an alienated donor, volunteer, and patron base. An action plan was created to move the Playhouse forward, with a key component being selection of a new Executive Director. In November 2009, Morrie Enders was hired. He quickly established credibility and confidence among major foundations, donors and patrons. As a result, the theatre closed its fiscal year with a net of over $90,000, ending in the black for the first time in 10 years. Over the next three years, $100,000 in debt and several bank loans were eliminated. The quality of LCP's theatrical productions is now recognized as among the best in the region, and outreach programs have transformed many disenfranchised constituencies in the community. Lincoln Community Playhouse has not only survived near-closure, it has seen an inspiring renaissance through significant changes in leadership, expanded services, organizational stability, and a continued focus on the future.


Previous Recipients

2003  Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy (KS)
           Quincy Community Theatre (IL)
2004  Albuquerque Little Theatre (NM)
2005  Bay City Players (MI)
2006  Chattanooga Theatre Centre
2007  Stuttgart Theatre Center, Germany
2008  SHAPE Performing Arts Center,  
           Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers
           Europe (Belgium)
2009  Venice Theatre (Venice, FL)
2010  Twin City Stage (Winston-Salem, NC)

2011  Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre,
           (North Dakota-Minnesota)
          Theatre Memphis (Memphis, TN)
2012   Amelia Community Theatre (Fernandina
            Beach, FL)
            Family Arts Center (Houston, TX)
            Manatee Players (Bradenton, FL)
2013   Salina Community Theatre (Salina, KS)
2014   Aviano CommunityTheater, Aviano Air Base (Aviano, Italy)
           Mesa Encore Theatre (Mesa AZ)
           Tupelo Community Theatre (Tupelo, MS)
2015   Theatre Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)

 

Twink Lynch

Photo of Twink LynchThis award is named in honor of Twink Lynch, who has devoted her life to community theatre and to serving as a mentor to both individuals and community theatres across the country. She helped shepherd the national organization's transition from American Community Theatre Association (ACTA) to AACT, served on the Board for six years, including a term as President and VP of Education and on AACT committees for an additional 19 years. Twink managed Topeka (KS) Civic Theatre for many years, retired, then came back during hard times and guided the theatre back to a stable organization. Her passion was such that she earned three degrees in theatre; it is said, she is the only person to earn a Ph.D. in Community Theatre Management. Twink shared her knowledge and experience through consulting and through her "Spotlight on Boards" column in AACT's newsletter, which she wrote for 14 years. In 2000, she edited her columns into a book, Boards in the Spotlight, the proceeds of which benefit AACT. Her book and reprints of her articles still educate those who are managing and governing community theatres.

 


 


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