John Landress Award

Since the founding of Brookhaven Little Theatre more than 50 years ago, John Landress has been one of the community theater organization’s most respected and influential voices.

Landress, a retired theater instructor from nearby Copiah-Lincoln Community College, has appeared on stage many times, directed countless productions and served multiple terms on the BLT Board of Directors. Simply put, whether on stage or off, he has been willing to do whatever necessary to make BLT and its productions the best they can be.

With those attributes in mind, the BLT Board of Directors in 1985 created the John Landress Award to recognize members who have made outstanding contributions toward the continued success of the organization.

Potential Landress Award recipients are nominated and evaluated by a committee consisting of the last five living honorees and Landress himself. Qualities considered in the selection process include:

  • Longevity – At least 10 years as an active BLT member/season ticket holder
  • Involvement – Someone who has participated in a variety of production-related tasks and actives, ranging from acting to direction to working behind the scenes
  • Other Efforts – Serving on the BLT Board of Directors of other committees in furtherance of theater goals

The John Landress Award recipient is announced during the annual BLT Membership Party. Past recipients of the theater organization’s highest honor include:

  • 1985 JOHN LANDRESS
  • 1986 HOUSTON CASE
  • 1987 NITA RITCHIE
  • 1988 THELMA CASE
  • 1989 CARROLL RITCHIE
  • 1990 SUGAR FURLOW
  • 1991 RICHARD GODBOLD
  • 1992 HENRY WARE HOBBS, JR
  • 1993 RAY DAVIS
  • 1994 JAMES MINTER, JR
  • 1995 JOE FERNALD
  • 1996 DON UNDERWOOD
  • 1997 SUE MINTER
  • 1998 SARAH UNDERWOOD
  • 1999 ROBERT (BOB) JONES
  • 2000 LYNN CAMPBELL
  • 2001 CARL CRAIG
  • 2002 CHERYL SPROLES
  • 2003 JANA FULDA RUSSELL
  • 2004 GREG RUSSELL
  • 2005 JIMMY DEMPSEY
  • 2006 BARBARA SPROLES
  • 2007 HEATHER THURGOOD
  • 2008 CHUCK IVEY
  • 2009 MATT COLEMAN
  • 2010 MAURICE GASKIN
  • 2011 JOANNA SPROLES
  • 2013 MANDY SPROLES DANN
  • 2014 Sherri Mathis
  • 2015 Sarah Lloyd
  • 2016 Tommy Sproles