Five are inducted into Catawba’s Blue Masque Hall of Fame
Posted at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2022
Catawba Press Office
SALISBURY — The Department of Theater Arts at Catawba College and Blue Masque will induct five individuals into the Blue Masque Hall of Fame Class of 2022: Robin Tynes-Miller, Johnathan Padget, Amy McCachren, Gray Hawks and David Hagy.
The ceremony will take place at the Hedrick Little Theater in the Robertson College Community Center beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 21 during Homecoming Weekend. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. with a reception at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at catawba.edu/theatretix or catawba.edu/homecoming.
Robin Tynes-Miller (Class of 2012) co-founded the Three Bone Theater in Charlotte in 2012. She served as its founding artistic director for the first nine years, most recently serving as artistic and operations director, the first full-time position. full of company. . Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, she attended Catawba and earned her BFA in Musical Theater Performance before moving to Charlotte, where she spent her career working with local theater organizations as a teaching artist. , marketing and box office professional, actress and director. . Favorite directing credits include “The Vagina Monologues” (2013), “The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence” (2016), “Every Brilliant Thing” (2018), and “The Children” (2022). A passionate student and advocate for racial justice, she believes that working against racism and oppression is the only way forward for the industry. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, their baby, and a plethora of pets.
Jonathan Padget (’93) has spent more than a quarter century in the nation’s capital, where career highlights include reviewing over 100 professional theater productions for Metro Weekly Magazine, writing and editing artistic covers for the Washington Post and the creation of “The Blue Lagoon: A Musical”, produced in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando. After reorienting his professional activity towards public relations and corporate communications, he is became a senior editor at U.S. Postal Service headquarters, where his theatrical experience informs news and features for the nation’s 655,000 postal workers Padget graduated from Catawba with a degree in English.
From an early age, Amy McCachren (’83) dove headfirst into acting, following in the footsteps of her beloved father, Hoyt M. McCachren Jr. As a student, she excelled in all aspects of program, from actress to designer. After graduating, she became a theater instigator, inventor and educator extraordinaire with the Horn In The West Theater Company as a performer and costume designer. Eventually, she rose to the position of costume store manager/director where she spent her time designing new pieces for the company. She completed a Masters in Christian Education and began building the youth program at Mt. Moriah and led/designed ministry programs for John Calvin Presbyterian in Salisbury. After returning to Catawba to obtain her teaching certificate, she was then invited to help found and cultivate the American Renaissance Charter School in Statesville, being a major player in the creation of the organization and program of the ‘school. Twenty years later, McCachren continues to teach at American Renaissance where she prides herself on having her graduate students create original pieces as part of their end-of-term festival.
Gray Hawks (’93) has been in theater for most of his life, until graduating from Catawba when he took the steps to pursue a career in film and television. Since then, he’s appeared as a co-star on TV shows such as “Outer Banks,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Inspectors,” and most recently as a recurring guest star on OWN’s “Delilah.” His favorite acting credits include: “When We Last Spoke” opposite Cloris Leachman and Melissa Gilbert, “Secrets in Suburbia” for Lifetime and “American Warships” opposite Mario Van Peebles for the SyFy Network. Gray has business credits for Charbroil Grill as “Grill Dad”, Republic Wireless, Meineke and numerous local advertisements for O’Brien Heating and Air. He is currently proud to work as an acting coach for Actor’s Arsenal in Wilmington, helping kids and teens find their love for movies.
David Hagy is an Emeritus from the Catawba Theater Arts faculty who served as the program’s musical director and has since spread his talents to the Salisbury community and surrounding areas. Hagy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and soon after received her doctorate from Yale University. He has participated in many of the amazing artistic events that take place in Salisbury, including being at the forefront of establishing the annual Nutcracker Ballet performance. As a conductor, he also has titles with the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, the North Carolina School of the Arts International Music Program, the Norwalk and Stamford Symphonies, Western Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, and guest conductor at the Omaha and Indianapolis All-City Orchestra. . Currently, Hagy serves as both a conductor at Wake Forest University and is in his 35e year leading the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra as conductor and musical director.
“This year’s class of inductees continues to recognize the diversity of Catawba’s contributions to the entertainment industry,” Professor Erin Dougherty, Chair of Catawba’s Department of Theater Arts, said in a press release. “From arts administration to directing, theater, music and technical theater, the Hall of Fame inductees, as a group, tell the most interesting and important stories of the Catawba’s contributions to entertainment and education, and we couldn’t be happier to recognize their accomplishments and welcome them to the Hall of Fame.
The Blue Masque Hall of Fame was founded in 2008 to honor the lifetime theatrical achievement of members of the Catawba theater community. The mission is to preserve Catawba’s significant theatrical history, honor current Catawba theater professionals, and encourage young Catawba theater artists.
To be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, a theater professional must have a Catawba connection, have rendered 10 years of distinguished service to theatre, the entertainment industry, or theater education, and have been active in promoting the theater community. The annual ballot is voted on by members of the Board of Directors of the Blue Masque Hall of Fame. The nominees receiving the most votes each year are ratified for induction when Catawba returns each fall.
The Blue Masque Hall of Fame is a sponsor of the Catawba Theater Young Artist Development Fund and holds an annual contest among Blue Masque alumni to bragging rights to see which class raises the most for the fund. The Young Artist Development Fund was founded by alumni Denise Perrino and Dr. Ralph Perrino and “is used to support deserving theater students by providing guest artist support, workshops, trips to conferences and small Scholarships.“
You can purchase individual tickets or support the Blue Masque Hall of Fame’s ongoing mission at catawba.edu/theatretix.