Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recipient of the Harold Oaks Award, a national award for excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences, is pleased to announce that it will honor Donald Thoms with the Spirit of Adventure Award, date TBD, at its 2020 Spring Gala for his accomplishments in delighting and educating families through the medium of television and providing opportunities for talented individuals, especially people of color. Thoms’s career spans more than 45 years, most of it in Public Television as well as at the Discovery Communications.
A seasoned broadcaster,
journalist and leader in media, Thoms is recognized for his commitment
to mentor for up and coming talent. As a senior member of several
national broadcasting networks, he has been a staunch supporter for
independent and minority producers and filmmakers. In addition, Thoms
has extensive experience with television production and development,
staff and budget management, journalism, marketing and communications,
and strategic planning.
Beyond television audiences, Donald Thoms has
also passed his love of the arts on to his children.
He and his wife of nearly 50 years, Mariana,
helped raise their daughter, Tracie, from an aspiring 10-year-old star
to the heights of Broadway, television, and the silver screen. Their son, Austin, has
emerged with their nurture as a talented musician and composer. “There
was never any doubt they were going into the arts,” says their father.
“Adventure Theatre is dear to my heart because of its commitment to
providing high quality musical theatre experiences to our youngest
children and opening doors for them to prepare for college and careers,”
says Thoms. “I am honored to receive this honor and deeply touched to
have my efforts to open doors, to educate, and to celebrate theatre
recognized by Adventure.”
Leon Seemann, Executive Director of Adventure
Theatre MTC, notes that Thoms embodies and has lived out the values,
standards, and commitments that are core to ATMTC. “Entertainment is the
most accessible way to inspire children to change their world and
empathize with those around them. Donald Thoms has made a career and a
lifetime of delivering this inspiration directly into children’s homes.”
Donald Thoms will be honored with the Judith Frosh Spirit of Adventure award, named after the co-founder of Adventure Theatre MTC. For more information about Adventure Theatre MTC or its 2020 Virtual Gala, visit www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org or call 301-251-5766, ext. 2223.