Nichols to receive national theater award



Staff report

TROY — Gerri Nichols of Troy 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 the AACTFest 2017 national festival in Rochester, Minn., on June 26-July 1.

The AACT Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award is presented to individuals above the age of 65 who have faithfully served community theater on a non-paid basis for more than 25 years. Visit for information on all AACT National Awards, 2017 AACT Award winners, and previous honorees.

Nichols is a founding member of Troy Civic Theatre (TCT), established in 1965, and is the only original member still continuously active with productions. Over the past 50 years, she has worked tirelessly as the theatre’s primary costumer, providing the costumes for over 110 productions. As the theatre’s stock of costumes and props has grown, an off-site storage warehouse — the Gerri Nichols Annex — was obtained, and Nichols has taken on the often-thankless task of annex supervisor. Over the years, she has been recognized for her designs, earning countless Barnstormer awards (determined by audiences), as well as Dayton, Ohio community theater awards, and Ohio Community Theatre Association regional and state level awards.

Beyond her work in costuming, Gerri is also director of the TCT Repertory Company, which brings performing art into the community through readers theater and song. “Theater — it’s a case of love,” she says. “A response to real live people, not just shadows on a screen, but sheer pleasure, hilarity, terror, life. The Barn in the Park — Troy Civic Theatre has been my opportunity to be part of that theatre!”

AACT provides networking, resources, and support for America’s theaters. AACT represents the interests of more than 7,000 theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the U.S. Armed Services overseas.