Stage Manager Glenn Bruner is the recipient of Equity's 2012 Lucy Jordan Recognition Award, which honors an individual in the theatrical community. The award was presented by Equity's Western Regional Board and Stage Managers Committee on May 6 during a special member reception at Tucson's historic Temple of Music and Art.
Accepting the Award, Mr. Bruner noted that he usually spends a lot of his time in a darkened control booth, so he was delighted to "bask for a moment in more than 15 watts of light and in a room where the walls are not painted black." He spoke of receiving his Equity card in 1981: "Backstage on the opening night, I recall feeling not only excitement, but also a strong sense of gratitude and privilege for being allowed to be there. In the 32 years since, I have continued to feel that gratitude, that privilege. Though I am closer to retirement than I am to the beginning of my career, I continue to be as excited about the future as I am fond of the past that brought me here. I am proud to be the 2012 recipient of the Lucy Jordan Award; I am proud to be the first stage manager so honored, and I am proud to be a member of Actors' Equity Association."
Mr. Bruner is in his 13th season as Production Stage Manager at the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC). During his career, he has also worked at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Pasadena Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Studio Arena Theatre and Maine's Portland Stage Company. He was the Assistant Stage Manager for the world premiere of On the Waterfront at The Cleveland Play House and stage managed the Off-Broadway premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings. In addition, he has been the voice for many radio and TV commercials and worked for Texas Public Radio in his hometown of San Antonio.
The Lucy Jordan Recognition Award was established in 1992 by Actors' Equity Association's Western Regional Board to honor and commemorate the unflagging spirit of Lucy Jordan, a former Western Regional Field Business Representative, who died that year. The award is administered Equity's Western Regional Stage Managers Committee.