Heather Schultz Awarded The Richard D. Near Award

Posted: Saturday, July 9, 2022, 5:08pm

Heather Schultz, current Board President, was awarded The Richard D. Near Award at the Season 59 End of Season Party in June 2022. The Richard D. Near Award was established and bestowed in memory of a longtime Curtain Players volunteer and is presented to an individual demonstrating “continued dedication to the advancement of Curtain Players.”  Near was an officer, board member, actor, director, and advocate who was instrumental in first developing the armory for local stage productions and then in the purchase and development of the Harlem Road playhouse more than 30 years ago.  The Near Award is not necessarily presented every year, rather only when the board of directors receives a nomination of someone deemed worthy of the honor.  Schultz was awarded this honor for her ongoing dedication and "the unseen (i.e. behind the scenes) work that is largely unnoticed, unrecognized, and uncredited by most folks but has been essential in having Curtain Players maintain and develop relationships in this era of Covid-19."