At the Winter 2014 Board Retreat, the Board of Directors of the Georgia Theatre Conference renamed both of their Secondary School Theatre Festivals.
R. Lynne Wooddy Secondary School Play Festival
The 55-minute play festival, often referred to as the "GHSA Festival," was named the R. Lynne Wooddy Secondary School Play Festival. The 55-minute time limit will remain in place, and the festival adjudication shall be geared towards those directors and productions that are preparing to compete in the annual Georgia High School Association One Act Play Competition. The winner of this festival, since shortly after Wooddy's passing in 1993, recevied the R. Lynne Wooddy Best Play Award. The award, and now the festival, are named for longtime Dublin High School math teacher and Thespian Sponsor R. Lynn Wooddy, who was instrumental in the development of Georgia Thespians, GTC’s Secondary School Theatre Festival, and the Georgia High School Association’s development of One Act Play competitions. Following his passing in 1993, upon the recommendation of the Secondary Division, the Georgia Theatre Conference Board of Directors renamed the award for the winning secondary play in his honor. When the organization moved to a split festival format in 2008, the title went to the GHSA festival in recognition of his lifetime of dedicated service to theatre students across the state.
Ray Horne Secondary School Play Festival
The 45-minute, "SETC" play festival was officially named the Ray Horne Secondary School Play Festival in memory Ray Horne, a GTC Past President and former Chapter Director for Georgia Thespians who passed away in January of 2014. Ray joined the faculty of Northside High School in Warner Robins in 1963 when they first opened their doors, and was active as a teacher, director, retiree, and volunteer for fifty years hence, until the spring of 2013. During his tenure at Northside and beyond, he served as an active leader in state and regional theatre including Georgia Thespians, Georgia Theatre Conference, International Thespians, Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the Georgia High School Association, all while developing and sustaining a program that became the most recognized high school theatre program in the state of Georgia. In 1996 Ray was recognized by the Southeastern Theatre Conference with the Suzanne Davis Award, the highest honor given to a member of SETC.The Board unanimously approved the renaming of the festival in his memory, in recognition of his lifetime of service to students of theatre.
Since the creation of the R. Lynne Wooddy award in 1994, the winner of that festival has appeared in the annual GTC Convention program. With the renaming of the play festivals, winners of both festivals will now appear in the program. The R. Lynne Wooddy Festival will continue to list winners beginning in 1994, while the Ray Horne Festival will list its first winner, selected at the 2014 convention, in the convention program for 2015.