John Rone ’71 Honored for Lifetime Service to Memphis Theatre

John Rone ’71, director of college events and the Meeman Center at Rhodes, has received the prestigious Eugart Yerian Award for Lifetime Service to Memphis Theatre. He was honored during the 31st annual Ostrander Awards held Aug. 24 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Over the years, Rone has appeared in numerous productions around town including Theatre Memphis’ “Inherit The Wind,” “Measure for Measure,” and “Hamlet.” His Playhouse on the Square shows include “A Wonderful Life” and “The Mousetrap.” For Germantown Community Theatre, he has acted in “Sherlock′s Last Case,” “The Foreigner,” and “The Woman in Black.” In addition, he has directed a variety of plays from Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams to Nicky Silver and Terence McNally.

The Ostrander Awards honor the best in local live theater. Awards are given in a wide range of categories including acting, directing, and back-stage contributions in both college and community divisions.

Rhodes’ McCoy Theatre received awards in the following categories:

Best Direction of a Musical: Jordan Nichols, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” 
Leading Actor in a Musical: Corbin Williams, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” 
Supporting Actress in a Musical: Léerin Campbell, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” 
Leading Actress in a Drama: Katie Marburger, “Anton in Show Business” 
Supporting Actress in a Drama: Madison Tallant, “Anton in Show Business” 
Costumes: Amie Eoff, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” 
Props: Kathy Haaga, “Anton in Show Business” 
Large Ensemble: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” 
Small Ensemble: “Anton in Show Business”