A special award for contribution to San Antonio theatre was presented along with the very first Alamo Theatre Arts Council (ATAC) Globe Awards in 1991. In 1997 the award was named The Jasmina Wellinghoff Award in honor of the local San Antonio theatre critic and founding member of ATAC after she stepped down as president of the organization.
The Wellinghoff Award is an annual award presented by ATAC to a person or persons for special contribution to theatre in San Antonio. It is not a “Lifetime Achievement Award,” or “Excellence Award”. In Jasmina Wellinghoff’s own words:
There is a good reason the award was defined in terms of ‘Special Contribution.’ It’s the broadest and least limiting category. The idea was to be able to recognize an exceptional contribution by a range of people, not only theater artists, although it certainly included them as well. For instance, John Igo and Jo Long were recipients. Igo, for his years of support and criticism, and Long, who was the director of the Carver, for bringing to town exceptional and interesting companies from all over the world and exposing San Antonio audiences to their theater arts. She also helped local artists produce their work at the Carver. Age or length of time of any kind is not a determining factor but a person’s consistent contributions are more likely to be noticed and appreciated if that person is active in his or her capacity for a certain length of time. However, should someone do something truly exceptional in a single year, that person could conceivably qualify for the award. Merit, in this case, is something broader than the quality of one’s acting, or designing, or directing. A dedicated volunteer could be recognized or, say, a public servant who fights for the improvement of funding, or a photographer who regularly donates his time to record theatrical productions, etc. You get the idea. Of course, actors, directors, choreographers, music directors and designers can qualify as well, and, in fact, most award winners have come from their ranks.Jasmina Wellinghoff – Past Presidend and Founding Member of ATAC
Steve Bailey Head of Jump-Start Performance Co. which helped the rebirth of the Blue Star area with innovative programing
Maureen Halligan Developed the theatre program at the Univ. of the Incarnate Word. With her husband Ronald Ibbs, she founded the Resident Company at UIW which produced professional quality theater in the summer .
Jackie Sparks Choreographer
Jo Long Brought new theatrical events from around the country and the world to the Carver Community Cultural Center
John Igo Theater critic
Alice Finney Actress
Al Keller Actor
Sr. Germaine Corbin Educator, Univ. of the Incarnate Word
Sterling Houston Playwright, Artistic Director of Jump-Start Performance Co.
Frank Christian Actor, Trustee Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.
Allan S. Ross Director, Designer, Actor, Educator, San Antonio College, ATAC president, SATCO president.
In 2001 a Special Award was given to the Renaissance Guild for their Act One Series
George Burnette Set and lighting Designer, Educator, University of the Incarnate Word
Dan Laurence Actor, director, educator, author, George Bernard Shaw scholar
Mary Denman Actress, TV and radio personality, fundraiser for the San Pedro Playhouse
Gloria Liu Choreographer, director
Steve Gilliam Nationally recognized Set Designer and Educator, Trinity University
Tammy and Ken Frazier Costume and set design and direction, Vexler Theatre
Margaret Mitchell Costume designer, University of the Incarnate Word
Jim Mammarella Educator at San Antonio College, director, actor, ATAC president
Bill and Francis Swinny Francis- educator at Trinity Univ., Bill educator at Alamo Heights HS
Susan Breidenbach Stage Manager at local theatres.
Richard Rosen Founder and director of Magik Theatre
Dr. William McCrary and Michelle Pietri Directors at UTSA and Other San Antonio Community Theatres
Richard Slocum Educator, Our Lady of the Lake University and Founder/Director of 24th Street Experiment
Rick and Diane Malone Classic Theatre Founders and Director/Designers
John O’Neill Director/Actor/Playwright
Jodi Karjala and Tim Francis Designers
RC Thor Actor and Theater Supporter
Deborah Martin Arts Writer, Express News