Established in 2001, the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame was created to honor local theatre artists and patrons of the arts. It is designed to acknowledge people whose life-long participation, innovation, and creativity have influenced the Dayton arts culture.
The Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame was created as a way to recognize individuals who have dedicated themselves to the cause of theatre arts in Dayton or have made a significant impact on Dayton’s theatre community.
The 2014 inductees are:
Saul Caplan has been working in theatre for the past fifty-five years, starting with a show at Memorial Hall in 1959. He worked in various children’s theatres, performed at Colonel White in student productions, and majored in theatre at the University of Akron. From 1971 until the mid 1990’s Saul worked as a professional actor in theatres from New York to Florida before moving back to Dayton in 1998. Since then, he has worked on over sixty-five productions with the Human Race Theatre Company, The Dayton Theatre Guild, Sinclair, The Dayton Playhouse, FutureFest, Brookville Theatre, and Playhouse South.
Barbara Jorgensen has been working in Dayton Theatre since 1989 when she was cast in a production at the Dayton Playhouse. Since then she has performed for FirstStage Productions, Young at Heart Players, and the Dayton Theatre Guild. Barb has taught theatre to adults at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Dayton, and lends her acting talent to the University of Dayton School of Law performing in mock trials and playing various parts in legal scenarios with law students. Barb is active on the Board of the Dayton Theatre Guild where she wears many hats.
This year’s induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the annual DayTony awards on August 9, 2014 at Sinclair Community College. Attendees will have the dinner or event-only option this year. Early bird pricing will be available through July 22nd with a higher price until July 31st. No reservations will be accepted after August 1st. The event is open to the public and reservation information will be available on the DayTony website when plans are completed. .
The Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame is operated and governed by the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame Executive Committee. For more information visit the website: daytonys.org.