Long-Time Playhouse Volunteer Receives Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award

Before Sunday’s performance of “Guys and Dolls” this past weekend, Jean Endrizzi received the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award for all the great work and time she’s dedicated at The Duluth Playhouse over the past 25+ years.

Jean Endrizzi

We are so proud to have had Jean with us for so long, and she still continues to lend a hand presently by writing her ‘Back in Time’ editorials for the Playhouse newsletter that comes out six times a year. We hope she will continue to volunteer with us for a long time to come. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to the Playhouse, Jean!

The award from AACT goes to people who are older than 65 and have help unpaid positions with community theatres for more than 25 years.

Once a teacher and communicator, always a communicator. She taught English and speech for 30 years at Duluth Denfeld High School. She’s still taking classes herself at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) — and occasionally fills in for the instructors (as she did the week she received this awards’ nominations on Tennessee William’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” which was part of the Playhouse’s 2014-2105 season.)

Jean had held every volunteer position possible at the Playhouse, except director and treasurer. Her many honors also include being named Miss Twin Ports, which recognized outstanding community contributions from both Duluth (MN) and Superior (WI). Those activities have included volunteering at the historic Glensheen Mansion, which is just down the road from her apartment and overlooks Lake Superior, and involvement in many artistic and cultural community programs for decades.

It’s also said Jean throws great theatre and holiday parties and she maintains a wonderful collection of theatre masks and books.

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) provides networking, resources, and support to suit the needs of those involved in community theatre. AACT represents the interests of more than 7,000 theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the armed services overseas.


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