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Suzanne M. Davis Memorial Award

About the Award

The Suzanne M. Davis Memorial Award was established to honor one SETC member each year for distinguished service to SETC over a number of years and is presented during the SETC Annual Convention awards banquet. Administration of this award is assigned to the Nominations Committee, with the final choice made by vote of the Board of Directors.

Suzanne M. Davis was the wife of Harry Davis, a SETC founder, its ninth president, and the original director of Unto These Hills. Suzanne was the production’s first costume designer and was the first to suggest that there should be an annual award to a person for outstanding service to SETC. When Suzanne died, Alvin Cohen endowed that award in her memory.

2016 Award Recipient

Dean Slusser

Dean Slusser, fine arts director, assistant principal and theatre teacher at Camden County High School in Kingsland, GA, has been involved with SETC since he attended his first convention in 1985. Slusser has served several terms as chair of SETC’s Secondary School Theatre Division and chair of the Secondary School Festival of One-Act Plays. He is the current chair of the Scholarship Committee, helped start and chairs the William E. Wilson Scholarship Committee, has been the state representative from Georgia since 2010, is a member of the SETC Board of Directors, and is a member of the Endowment Committee. He is also a past member of the Nominations Committee, the Long-Range Planning Committee and the Editorial Board of Southern Theatre magazine.

Photo: Dean Slusser receives his award at the 2016 Awards Banquet.

Past Award Recipients

2016: Dean Slusser
2015: Alan Litsey
2014: David Thompson
2013: Stephen Bayless
2012: Bob Ankrom
2011: Denise Halbach
2010: Dennis Wemm
2009: Donna White
2008: Mike Murphy
2007: Joe Filippo
2006: Jack Benjamin
2005: Victoria Pennington
2004: Ward Haarbauer
2003: Mark J. Malinauskas
2002: Susan Cole
2001: David Wohl
2000: Clifton Egan
1999: William E. Wilson
1998: Donald Wolfe
1997: Thomas Stephens
1996: Gerald Ray Horne
1995: Frank Mohler
1994: H. Jefferson Corbin
1993: Richard Newdick
1992: Scott Parker
1991: Donald Drapeau
1990: Hazel Hall
1989: Dicki Farrar
1988: Donald Loeffler
1987: Arthur Greene
1986: Dorothy Schwartz
1985: Robert Knowles
1984: David Weiss
1983: Alvin Cohen
1982: Allen Bales
1981: Richard Fallon
1980: Delmar Solem
1979: Robroy Farquhar
1978: Mark Sumner
1977: Albert Johnson
1976: Philip Hill
1975: Herman Middleton
1974: Marian Smith
1973: Ann Hill
1972: Roger Boyle
1971: Randolph Edmonds
1970: Marian Galloway
1969: Harry Davis
1968: Leighton Ballew
1967: Bob Porterfield
1966: Paul Green
1965: Sara Spencer

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