Audience Member David S. Kessler Awarded DCTheatreScene’s 2015 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award

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David S. Kessler was awarded this year’s Gary Lee Maker Audience Award by DCTheatreScene, before a performance of textsandbeheadings/Elizabeth R, at Folger Theatre on Friday night October 2nd.

David S. Kessler, recipient of the Gary Maker Audience Award, at Folger Library. Photo by Ryan Maxwell.
David S. Kessler, recipient of the Gary Maker Audience Award, at Folger Library. Photo by Ryan Maxwell.

According to Editor and Publisher Lorraine Treanor in her announcement today: “A recently retired zookeeper, whose love of animals and passion for theater merged Wombat Drool, his well-received Capital Fringe production last summer, David Kessler is the sixth person to receive the recognition of his role as an outstanding member of the DC area theatre audience. Previous winners include David Tannous (2011), Alison Drucker and Tom Holzman (2012), Linda Bryce (2013), and Barbara Bear (2014).”

David S. Kessler receives the 2015 Gary Maker Audience Award from Alison Drucker. Photo by Ryan Maxwell.
David S. Kessler receives the 2015 Gary Maker Audience Award from Alison Drucker. Photo by Ryan Maxwell.

I am a huge fan of David Kessler and I am thrilled that he was selected to receive this award in memory of a dear friend of mine who loved theatre and whose courageous battle with cancer was an inspiration to all of us who loved him. I think about him often when I am in the theater.

Gary Maker (right) with Paul Desmarais at The Contemporary American Theatre Festival.
Gary Lee Maker (right) with partner Paul Desmarais at The Contemporary American Theatre Festival.

The Gary Lee Maker Audience Award is keeping Gary’s legacy alive and I am grateful to Lorraine and Tim for honoring so many well-deserved recipients who have given so much to local theater, and who light up a theatre when they attend a show.

The Gary Lee Maker Audience Award. Photo by Barbara Bear.
The Gary Lee Maker Audience Award. Photo by Barbara Bear.

Read more about David Kessler and his receiving of the Gary Lee Maker Award on DCTheatreScene:

David S. Kessler awarded the 2015 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award by Lorraine Treanor.

David S. Kessler, 2015 outstanding audience member by Keith Loria.

Mazel Tov David! See you in the theater!

LINK:
Audience Member Barbara Bear Awarded the ‘Gary Lee Maker Award’ by Joel Markowitz on DCMetroTheaterArts.

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.