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Eurobodalla theatres feature in 2022 CAT awards

The Canberra Area Theatre Awards are the premier theatrical awards for southern NSW and the ACT that recognises the immense contribution which local theatres make in their community, and in the broad arts scene. In 2022, within the Eurobodalla: COMMENDATION AWARD James Gillet for services to theatre and community in Agatha Crusty and The Village Hall Murders - Moruya Red Door Theatre Company

Above: Congratulations to James Gillett. James won a Commendation Award at the 2022 Canberra Area Theatre Awards

Above: Moruya Red Door Theatre Company CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE were given to Sam Haslam, Candy Burgess and company

for costumes in Calendar Girls - Bay Theatre Players, Batemans Bay and Candy Burgess for directing Calendar Girls - Bay Theatre Players, Batemans Bay and Bay Theatre Players for a magic moment of theatre with the reveal of the sunflowers in Calendar Girls A full list of Cat 2022 winners HERE

Congratulations to all the Calendar Girls cast and crew for your CAT Awards. Costumes: Sam Haslam Candy Burgess and company. Direction: Candy Burgess, Magic Moment of Theatre: Sam Aspinall for the reveal of the Sunflowers. The CAT Awards were founded by Coralie Wood and Kate Peters in 1994. Theatre groups and schools in Canberra and the region were first invited to participate in 1995.

Initially the Awards were self-funded but in recent years they have been successful in attracting some government and corporate support. We are particularly grateful for the support given by ActewAGL, our major sponsor since 2009.

In 2005 the CAT Awards underwent a change in structure to reflect the size of the organisation and the importance of the awards to the local arts community, with the appointment of a Board of Directors and an Executive Steering Committee.

As the scope of the Awards has increased, the Judging Panel has grown from 6 in 1995 to 17 in 2013. All board members and judges are volunteers and donate their time and skills. The aims of the CAT Awards are to provide recognition of the enormous contribution made by non‐professional groups to the artistic life of Australia and, in particular, of Canberra and the region and encourage individuals in the performing arts.

These aims are pursued by making public awards that recognise and reward the standout achievements during the year in performances put forward by the CAT regional theatre companies for consideration by our judging panel.

Many companies, performers and production personnel in the region have found that the CAT Awards bring the satisfaction and enjoyment of having their talent recognised, but they also build a higher profile for their theatre company locally.

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