In 2003, Atlanta’s theatre industry struggled to attract a larger local audience and greater national attention. A group of theatre professionals organized annual Awards to improve visibility for theatres and artists. Having just lost one of Atlanta’s stars, Suzi Bass, to cancer at the height of her stage and screen career, we named the awards after her. The first event in 2005 began with the Spirit of Suzi Award, given each year to a person or organization whose commitment embodies the qualities Suzi herself was known for. Performance awards were introduced in 2006 and now recognize 32 separate categories. The Suzi Awards, dubbed “the best theatre party in Atlanta” by press and audiences, has always brought the theatre community together.
The Suzi Bass Awards would not be possible without the hard work of our volunteers on the board. They are change makers. Each of them come from a different background, providing the diversity of our team; however, they all have a common interest: theater!