Penelope Notter of Grand Rapids is being honored with the AACT Fellow Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during the AACT National Theatre Festival (AACTFest 2013) in Carmel, IN June 17 – 23, 2013.
The AACT Fellow Award is bestowed upon those members of AACT who over a period of years have contributed significantly to the idea and ideal of community theatre.
Penelope Notter began her community theatre career 40 years ago when she joined a volunteer organization in Terre Haute, Indiana. Today she is a 26-year-veteran of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (GRCT). As the theatre’s Associate Director/Education Director, Penelope has more than 150 main stage and children’s directorial credits and she manages a year-round, full-curriculum for ages four and up. She has served as board member and workshop leader for both the Community Theatre Association of Michigan (CTAM) and AACT, and served as AACT’s Workshops Committee Chairperson for five national AACTFests. Penelope has facilitated and chaired AACT’s Education Directors Conference. She currently serves AACT as VP Education. In 2009, CTAM honored Penelope with the Robert A. McKenna Community Theatre Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to state and local theatre. She received AACT’s Distinguished Merit Award in 2010 for her contributions to promote and develop the highest standards for community theatre. Penelope is honored to be receiving such a distinguished award. “It has been a privilege to be a part of AACT,” she begins, “and I intend to continue for many years to come.”