The company performs comedic, cabaret-style shows in a lime green and purple barn at Railroad Square. It calls itself, “the weirdest thing in Tallahassee since l987.”
THE MICKEE FAUST CLUB WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD
The Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) has presented the Mickee Faust Club with one of its most prestigious awards.
The 2018 award for "Leadership in Community Based Theatre and Civic Engagement" honors community theaters that do important work but are less well known. Part of the criteria for this award is artistic excellence, innovation of approach, regional impact and depth of civic dialogue.
Faust found itself in the distinguished company of other ATHE awardees ranging from a Yale Professor Emerita to two Pulitzer Prize winners in playwriting. Accepting on behalf of the company were the co-founders: Professor of Communication at FSU, Dr. Donna Marie Nudd, and writer and performance artist, Terry Galloway.
During the public ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts, the Mickee Faust Club, Tallahassee's own 31-year old "community theater for the weird & queer community" was hailed as "a trail blazer that is still trail blazing."
The Mickee Faust Club, which makes its home in Railroad Square Art Park, has been staging rabble-rousing original cabarets in the Deep South since 1987. Its mission is to provide a non-traditional performance venue that allows many different kinds of people to develop their own creative voices through theater, radio, film, and performance events.
Faust was nominated for the award by Dr. Leah Lowe, Chair of Theater at Vanderbilt University. She gathered letters of support from a range of people, including critics, academics, board members, audiences, and participants.
Faust, an all-volunteer, non-profit collective, has been especially supportive of people form the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities. However, as one supporter wrote, "Faust is not an organization whose mission is to provide support and service for the disabled. It is a group of inspiring, innovative people who want to create great theater and recognize that everyone can contribute."
The organization has been recognized by two other major awards in as many years - Equality Florida's Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Florida Division of Culture Affairs' Diversity and Inclusion Award.