Glenville State College Professor of Communications, Dennis Wemm, is the recipient of the prestigious Suzanne M. Davis Award. He received the award from the
Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) during the annual banquet held March 6th at the Hilton Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky. The award recognizes extraordinary service by an SETC member over a number of years. The award is not given out annually but only when an SETC member has earned such recognition. In the sixty-one year history of the SETC, the Suzanne M. Davis award has only been presented forty-seven times. Suzanne M. Davis was the first President and founding member of the SETC. She was the costumer for ‘Lost Colony,’ the long running outdoor drama in North Carolina.
Professor Wemm has been teaching at Glenville State College since 1986. For the past twenty four years he has also been directing the GSC Theatre. The one hundred year old organization has produced almost one-hundred plays during Wemm’s tenure. “This is the greatest honor I could have received from an organization that I have come to respect and love over the past twenty-three years,” said Wemm.
The SETC is the largest regional theatre gathering in the U.S. with 4,200 active members with a mission statement of ‘connecting you with opportunity in theatre.’ Its annual convention attracts theatre performers (both seasoned and emerging artists), designers, technicians, professional production companies, college faculty, college students, high school performing groups, high school students seeking scholarships, school teachers and officials at all levels, commercial theatre supply houses, and nearly everything else involved in putting theatre together.
Wemm has been a member of SETC since 1987. In 1996, he became a board member representing the West Virginia state organization. In 2003, Wemm was elected Secretary, and served in that position until 2005. He was elected President of the SETC in 2006. He is currently the chair of the Long Range Planning Committee. Professor Wemm and Glenville State College hosted the West Virginia State Conference of the SETC in 2008.