Jean Endrizzi of Duluth, Minnesota is being honored with the Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during AACTFest 2015, the national community theatre festival, in Grand Rapids Michigan June 23-27, 2015.
The AACT Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award is presented to individuals above the age of 65 who have faithfully served community theatre on a non-paid basis for over 25 years.
Jean has volunteered for the Duluth Playhouse for more than half of its 100 years. She has documented much of Duluth Playhouses centennial history in over twenty-five years of her Back in Time newsletter articles - which she continues today. Jean has held every volunteer position at the Playhouse except director and treasurer. That covers a lot of ground over hundreds of shows. Jean served on the statewide Minnesota Association of Community Theatres (MACT) Board for many years and is currently an Emeritus Director for MACT. Her many honors have included being named Miss Twin Ports, which recognizes outstanding community contributions from Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. Jean taught English and speech for thirty years and is renowned for her theatre parties and wonderful collection of theatre masks and books.