Mark Sumner Award

Established in 1990, the Mark R. Sumner Award recognizes significant contributions by an individual to a specific drama, or to the outdoor drama movement as a whole, including but not limited to playwriting, directing, acting, design, theater architecture, patronage, scholarship, musical composition, technology and innovation, producing and administration. Recipients have played a major role in the production of a specific outdoor drama or they have made a noteworthy impact on the movement as a whole. The Sumner Award is a national award and exemplifies the highest standards of American outdoor drama. This award is presented annually at the National Conference on Outdoor Theatre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Sumner Nomination Form

Past Winners of the Mark R. Sumner Award

• 2019 – Marina Hunley-Graham, Artistic Director, Unto These Hills
• 2018 – John Russell, Executive Director and CEO, Montford Park Players
• 2017 – Susan Phillips, Assistant to the Director of SRAPAS at ECU
• 2016 – R. Scott Phillips, Executive Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival
• 2014 – Michael Graham, Producer/Director, Power & Light Productions
• 2013 – Paul Nicholson, Executive Director Emeritus, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
• 2012 – Jackie Mills, Founder/Playwright, Salado Legends
• 2011 – Scott J. Parker, Director Emeritus, Institute of Outdoor Theatre
• 2010 – William R. Winkler III, Board Chair, Horn in the West
• 2009 – James E. Wilson, General Manager/Producer, Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre
• 2008 – Gayle Bowling, General Manager, Theatre West Virginia
• 2007 – Anne “Si” Arnold, Costumer, The Stephen Foster Story
• 2006 – Mark Hofflund, Managing Director, Idaho Shakespeare Festival
• 2005 – Barbara Polly, Producer, Trail of the Lonesome Pine
• 2004 – Dennis Anderson, Artistic Director, Ramona and San Jacinto Valley Shakespeare Festival
• 2003 – Larry D. Gustke, Assoc. Professor, Tourism Management, NC State University
• 2002 – Fred Alley, Artistic Director/Founder, American Folklore Theatre
• 2001 – Tina Packer, Artistic Director/Founder, Shakespeare & Co.
• 2000 – Marion N. Waggoner, Producer/Artistic Director, Tecumseh!
• 1999 – William M. Hardy, Director, Unto These Hills
• 1998 – Fred C. Adams, Founder, Utah Shakespearean Festival
• 1997 – W. L. “Rusty” Mundell, Founder, Tecumseh!
• 1996 – David W. Weiss, Director and Designer, 16 outdoor dramas
• 1995 – William W. Patton, Executive Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
• 1994 – Josef Meier, Founder, The Black Hills Passion Play
• 1993 – Kermit Hunter, Playwright of 43 outdoor dramas
• 1992 – Raymond Raillard, General Manager, TEXAS
• 1991 – Bert Ballard, General Manager, The Stephen Foster Story