The Cumberland Theatre was recently awarded Best Professional Theatre Company in Maryland by the Best of 2018 Maryland Theatre Guide Reader’s Choice Awards. The awards are designed to honor local performing arts organizations for their creativity, talents, and contributions across MD, DC, and Northern, VA. Other theatres nominated in the Professional category were Arena Theatre, Everyman Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company and Toby’s Dinner Theatre.
The voting process begins with readers submitting their write-in choices online. After the write-in choices have been tabulated, the top nominees in each category are featured in a new voting ballot. Readers then have the chance to vote for their favorite out of the top reader submitted choices. The Cumberland Theatre won by nearly 27% of the vote.
The theatre is run by its two Artistic Directors, Kimberli Rowley and Rhett Wolford and overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. “Kim and Rhett each have great talent and when their skills are combined, magic lives on the stage of the Cumberland Theatre,” said Board President BettyJo Gehauf. “All of us on the Board are extremely proud!”
Other members of the Board of Directors are Phyllis Lyon (Vice President), Sheryl Brown (Treasurer), Dawn Wolford (Secretary), Mary Shrout, Shirley Giarritta, Greg Malloy, Dorothy Kight, Jake Shade, Anthony Pinardi, Annette Wolford, Matt Scarpelli, and Don Whisted.