Inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame, August 13, 2011.
Induction Speech by Pam McGinnis
It is my genuine honor to introduce Doug Lloyd as an inductee to the Dayton Theater Hall of Fame. My path first crossed with Doug when I returned to theater after time off to raise my five children to audition for Annie. Now, we all know a show full of children can be... ummm... uhhh... challenging for us adults! I knew the minute I arrived at auditions that Doug had done his homework and was in control. It was an amazing audition experience. I was hooked.
Doug is probably best known as president of Beavercreek Community Theater. Now in their 15th season, the theater has grown from a group of obscure vagabond players, to quote his friend Dana, to a well respected theater that offers a variety of shows and has attracted some of the area's best actors, directors and set designers to its stage.
Doug has acted, directed and produced at most of Dayton's community theaters. He's won several awards for his work. He's taken his talent to the community by helping the domestic violence project in Greene County and contributing to WYSO. But what Doug has done that is even more remarkable is setting the bar of expectations high. Doug is passionate about theater and his passion is contagious. As I said, Doug does his homework and as an actor that is so appreciated. We actors in Community Theater do what we do for free. We commit eight or more weeks of our lives to bring a story to life on stage. Our compensation is the applause, the accolades and the satisfaction of a job well done. When you have a director who has done his homework, the commitment the actor makes is even more pleasurable.
Doug arrives at auditions prepared and his seriousness and quest for excellence continues through strike. From casting, to costumes to set design to props to staging, Doug is a stickler for details. He demands excellence and commitment from both himself and his cast and crew. Simply stated: Doug expects and gets the best!
Doug was instrumental in planning, following-through and implementing the design, build and opening of the new Beavercreek theater in 2006. He has served on play reading committees, always thinking of how to push the envelope while filling seats... a delicate balance as we all know.
In addition to being a terrific director who helps actors find the light within them, Doug is a good friend. On a personal note, this has been a horribly tragic year for me with the loss of my son Craig and Doug was there for me every step of the way. He's a listener when I need one. He's a compass when I feel lost, and he's a comfort when I hurt.
It's been said the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard. Doug works very hard. He is not a slacker; he's a motivator. There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it. Doug makes his cast and crew want to strive for quality. Doug believes all limits are self-imposed and he helps his casts and crew remove the limits.
It is my sincere pleasure this evening to introduce Doug Lloyd.
Doug's Acceptance Speech
Thank you Pam for that nice introduction, having recently cast you as, a hooker, a trailer trash widow, a urinal keeper, and a woman who gave birth to a bat, you certainly could have used this opportunity to get back at me. I appreciate that you didn't.
When I received the email informing me I was being inducted I thought there must be some mistake, surely Jennifer must have meant to click the name next to mine on her contacts list. I guess it wouldn’t have gone this far if it weren’t actually true, so I must say I am thrilled and it is indeed an honor to be placed in the company of such a distinguished and talented group of people.
Community Theater is important to the Dayton area. It has a high value factor in making Dayton's arts scene even richer. I believe in Community Theater, and as I look out at all of you, I'm humbled because it's all of you who have helped make Community Theater thrive and grow. Thank you for this and thank you for allowing me to be a member of this outstanding community theater family.
I am grateful to be recognized for my work, but I didn't do anything alone. I would not be standing here accepting this great honor with out the wonderful opportunities that have been afforded to me, the people I have been blessed to work with, and those that have encouraged and supported me. I apologize in advance for not being able to mention everyone that should be thanked First thanks to Dana Kragick and her many covert operatives for all their efforts in nominating me.
Encore Theatre Company, The Dayton Theatre Guild, Town Hall Theatre & Dayton Playhouse for having the faith in me to put their productions in my hands. The parents of the Grace Youth, for entrusting their kids to me, and the youth themselves for the laughter, the love, the memories and for teaching me as much as I taught them. The City of Beavercreek, Beavercreek Township & The Lofino Family, for providing BCT a space to build our home, thus giving us legitimacy and the opportunity to grow and become a valuable asset to the community. To my fellow Board members at BCT, both past and present, for all their hard work and dedication, in building our new home, nurturing BCT's growth and improvement, and for being singly focused on paving an outstanding future for the theatre. To Chris Harmon, Bruce Brown, John Falkenbach, Stacy Gear, Kristie Lichliter, Stephanie Dickey, Karen Berry, & Hans Unser, my usual production team, for sharing your talents, making my job easier, and always coming through for me. My wonderful friends for their constant love, support and encouragement, for always being there and particularly for not being surprised when they heard I was being inducted. To my mother & late father who always loved and supported me, and were proud of me in what ever path I chose. For helping me find my way along that path rather than telling me which path to take. And to Denise, the best sister anyone could ask for. You have always loved, supported and encouraged me even when I thought you were the one with all the talent. You have believed in me and always been more sure of my talents than I have been myself.
Thank you again to those who nominated me, the Nominations committee for supporting my nomination and to the Hall of Fame members for welcoming me into the fold. I am what I am and have accomplished what I have, because of the opportunities that have been given to me, and with the help, encouragement and support of all of you, and so, I share this honor with you.