The Mariann Martin Award is given every year as a tribute to her dedication and love of theatre at Hesston College. Martin taught at Hesston from 1987 to 1991 and from 1994 to 2002. This award is given to a student who shows commitment to the program, dedication to its preservation, and an overall love of the theatre arts. In addition, it is specifically reserved for the special student whose presence is felt within the department and across the Hesston College campus.
Mariann Martin Award winners
2015 – Taylor Zehr
Taylor played Jo March in the musical production of Little Women, Elmire in Tartuffe, Juror 8 in 12 Angry Jurors and was part of the company in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
2013 – Deni Brummer
Deni played Sheila in The Boys Next Door, played a shopper as well as took on the role of Props Design in She Loves Me, played in the company of Green Card, stage managed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and directed the one act, What I Meant Was…
2012 – Alanah Rempel
Alanah played Sr. Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, Clara in The Boys Next Door, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed in the student directed one act, He’s Having a Baby, and was stage manager for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
2011 – Curtis Denlinger
Curtis was light board operator for Quilters and Forever Plaid, stage manager for All in the Timing, sound board operator for Dead Man Walking and played Vice Principal Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
2010 – Matt Lehman
Matt played Philip Glass in Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread and Don in Universal Language, both part of All in the Timing; Buddy Layman in The Diviners; was part of the ensemble in Godspell; and served as stage manager for Quilters.
2009 – Carson Stutzman and Mitch Stutzman
Mitch played Jesus and Carson played John the Baptist and Judas in Godspell. Carson played Basil Bennett and Mitch played C.C. Showers in The Diviners. Mitch played Bubba in the dinner theatre production An Evening of Culture: Faith County II and was a member of the traveling drama troupe during the 2007-08 year.
2008 – Caleb Miller
Caleb played Michael Wells in Two Rooms, a villager in Hesston and Bethel colleges’ production of Brigadoon, and was a member of the traveling drama troupe that performed at churches and schools during the 2007-08 year. He also directed Sorry, Wrong Number, a one-act play.
2007 – Amanda Diaz
Amanda served as stage manager for all productions during her year and a half on campus, including Moon Over Buffalo, Two Rooms, and Brigadoon.
2006 – Tara Hershberger
Tara’s roles include Chick Boyle in Crimes of the Heart, Mama Noah in Children of Eden, Hannah Bauman in Quiet in the Land, and Charlotte Hay in Moon Over Buffalo.