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To acknowledge those who work tirelessly in Community Theatre and are “unsung heroes.”

The Gold Coast Theatre Alliance introduced the DSA - Hero Awards in 2014 to honour dedicated volunteers in the Community Arts sector for their outstanding service. Member organizations are encouraged to complete the provided nomination form and send it to the alliance executive for validation. Once the nominations are verified, the Award is bestowed upon the selected nominee. Recipients will receive DSA badges and certificates during a breakfast ceremony.

Criteria for GCTAI Distinguished Service Awards

Years of Service

It is expected that a DSA nominee will have given years of service to their community organization. Many of our previous DSA awardees have served over ten years in a volunteer capacity some thirty, forty years or more. The number of years of service should be clearly stated in the nomination. Some may have given extraordinary service over a shorter period, but this needs to be clearly outlined and detailed in any nomination.


The contribution should always be voluntary and should be viewed as extraordinary. This involves having given service beyond that as seen as a normal contribution by a community volunteer

Type of service

A DSA award is for the workers – unsung heroes. The emphasis should be on their voluntary work behind the scenes.. Nomination consideration should be given to the following volunteers: administrators, front of house staff, stage managers, stage crew, technicians including lighting and sound operators and designers, set builders, prop creators, directors, choreographers, musical directors, musicians, make-up artists, costume creators, wardrobe personnel, publicity officers and maintenance crews of theatres etc.


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