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Thomsen receives state honor

QUINCY — Quincy Community Theatre Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen has been honored as the recipient of the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2016 Award of Excellence in Community Theatre.

The awards presentation was held Saturday during the association’s inaugural gala at Harper College’s Wojcik Conference Center in Palatine, Ill.

Each year the Illinois Theatre Association recognizes individuals and organizations for their significant contributions of promoting quality theater throughout Illinois.

“Thomsen was nominated by the Illinois theater community, approved by ITA’s divisional representatives and accepted by ITA’s Board of Directors,” said Aimee-Lynn Newlan, Executive Director of the Illinois Theatre Association. “We are thrilled to provide this much-deserved recognition.”

Thomsen, a native of Watertown, Wis., holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. In June 2006, Brandon became the director of student theater for QCT and was named artistic director in 2014.

In his 10 years at QCT, Thomsen has expanded the theater’s outreach programing in local schools, created the Triple Threat Boot Camp for student actors and has worked to make the theatrical experience a positive one for volunteers, performers and audience members.

“Every day is a joy to go to work,” Thomsen said. “The people of this community are tremendously committed to seeing their theater succeed. It is inspiring to know that the work of a community theater may cause someone from the next generation to fall in love with the performing arts, just as it did to me.”

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