The Dearborn Area Theatre Association (or DATA) is an organization founded for the purpose of supporting and encouraging community and scholastic theatre. At the end of each theatre season, awards for recognition in artistic achievement and excellence are given within the membership.
2018 / 2019 Executive Board:
President: Greg Phillip Viscomi (DHS and WSTP)
Vice President: Joan Arrick (Independent)
Secretaries: Lasca Smith (CHS)
Treasurer: Cynthia Frabutt (YAPP)
Adjudication Chair: Wendy Balaka
Adjudication Training Coordinator: Greg Phillip Viscomi
Scholarship Chair: Cynthia Frabutt
PAGE Awards Producer: Greg Phillip Viscomi
Student Design Awards and Summer Youth in Theatre Chair: Cynthia Frabutt
Membership Chair: Wendy Balaka (Independent),
Hall of Fame Chair: Joan Arrick (Independent),
Random Acts of Theatre Producer: 2017, 2018 - Cynthia Frabutt
Tim Carney (PGD), Diane Kaplan (Independent),
Karen Pritchard (Independent), Chuck Hiller (Independent),
Paul Abbott (Divine Child High School),
Bobbie Justice (Edsel Ford High School),
Lasca Smith (Crestwood High School).
2018/19 High School Student Reps:
Katie Garber (DHS), Bella Torres (DCHS),
Ayla Sudorowski (CHS), Lily Kanclerz (EFHS)
The Players Guild of Dearborn (PGD)
The West Side Theatre Project (WSTP)
Young Actors' Performance Project (YAPP)
Scholastic Member Organizations:
Crestwood High School (CHS)
Dearborn High School (DHS)
Divine Child High School (DCHS)
Edsel Ford High School (EFHS)
The DATA Awards: celebration is held annually in May, after the local theatre season ends. The DATA theatre season runs from May 1st to April 30th. This annual celebration has become an evening of recognition, awarding outstanding achievements made by members of both adult member theatre organizations and local academic thespian organizations. Through an impartial process, adjudications are performed by trained member and independent volunteers. After the production is scored by the adjudicator, the form is sent to an independent agent. Over the year, scores are tallied and are eventually averaged together. Nominees with the highest point average in each category are announced in early May by the The Dearborn Press and Guide Newspaper. The final winners are then awarded at the annual DATA Award celebration, which is a gala event open to the public. Categories recognize Outstanding Achievement and cover various aspects which range from acting and directing to all of the technical portions of theatrical production.
In 2018 DATA celebrated 33 years of PAGE awards and 28th anniversary of Hall of Fame inductions.
Hall of Fame: This award recognizes an individual whose continuing efforts, special achievements and significant involvement has made an impact on theatre in the Dearborn / Dearborn Heights community. All nominations for the Hall of Fame are due no later than April 1st.
DATA Theatre Scholarships: The DATA board is ready to award scholarships! Applications need to be mailed in by March 4th, 2019.
DATA is a proud member of the Dearborn Community Arts Council.
Please look at their website for community events: http://www.dcacarts.org/