From the British Players website:
Ruby L. Griffith was born in London on April 9, 1907. After her professional career, primarily in the field of theatre education as director of the Italia Conti Stage School in London, she moved to Washington DC.
Early in 1964, she became a founding member of the British Players (formerly known as The British Embassy Players) and directed and produced the group's first play, Night Must Fall. Thereafter, she devoted her talent and energies to the Players and was given the title 'Artistic Director'. Through her wide experience and teaching talent, Ruby infused the Players with a strong sense of professionalism. She produced and/or directed seven of the British Players first fourteen productions.
On the opening night of the British Players' 1968 Old Time Music Hall, which she produced and directed, Ruby suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. She died a few days later.
In honour of her contributions, the British Players instituted an annual award competition for All-Round Production Excellence. Initially, the Washington Theatre Alliance, which, at that time, was an organization of fourteen theatre groups including the British Players, administered the Ruby Griffith Award. At the time the award was open only to Theatre Alliance members and attracted 10 entrants in the first season.
Beginning with the 1971/72 season, the British Players assumed the administration of the competition and expanded eligibility to include more of the Washington area's amateur groups. With the start of the 1991/92 season, two new achievement awards were added; they are the Ruby Griffith Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Musical and the Ruby Griffith Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Non-Musical.
The All-Round Production Excellence Award is a trophy made of sterling silver and depicts the masks of comedy and tragedy below the British Lion. The trophy was crafted by Garrards of London from an original design provided by an early member of the British Players. The two Outstanding Achievement Awards are plaques with the representation of the Lion and masks from the All-Round Excellency trophy. The two Outstanding Achievement Awards also include certificates for two runners-up.
The Colonial Players, Inc. has been a proud member of the Ruby Griffith community for over four decades.
Since the Ruby Griffith award competition began in 1969, Colonial Players has been the recipient of the award several times, first winning for our 1973 production of I Never Sang for My Father, directed by Edd Miller. The following is a complete listing of the awards Colonial Players has received in this annual competition.
Winner - All Round Production Excellence
2015 - The Liar - Directed by Steve Tobin
1997 - I’m Not Rappaport - Directed by Richard Wade
1994 - A Little Night Music - Directed by Lois Evans
1992 - The Boys Next Door - Directed by Dan Higgs
1990 - Baby - Directed by Sharie Valerio
1984 - Tribute - Directed by Karen Cannon
1979 - The Runner Stumbles - Directed by Bob White
1976 - Godspell - Directed by Bob White
1974 - Butterflies Are Free - Directed by Sharie Valerio
1973 - I Never Sang for My Father - Directed by Edd Miller
Winner - Outstanding Achievement in a Musical
2006 - Enter the Guardsman - Directed by Lois Evans
Winner - Outstanding Achievement in a Play
2016 - Venus in Fur - Directed by Jim Gallagher
2013 - Shipwrecked! The amazing adventures of Louis de Rougement (as told by himself) - Directed by Ron Giddings
Runner-Up for All Round Production Excellence
1991 - (2nd) House of Blue Leaves - Directed by Al Cauffman
1987 - (2nd) I Do, I Do - Directed by Teddy Hogle
1985 - (2nd) They’re Playing Our Song - Directed by Barbara Gilstorf & Pam Myers
1983 - (2nd) 70 Girls 70 - Directed by Richard Wade
1981 - (2nd) The Shadowbox - Directed by Alan Berger
Runner-Up for Outstanding Achievement in a Play
2014 - (1st) These Shining Lives - Directed by Craig Mummey
2007 - (1st) A Moon for the Misbegotten - Directed by Bob Bartlett
1996 - (2nd) Macbeth - Directed by Carol Youmans
1993 - (1st) Fences - Directed by Carol Youmans
Copyright 2017 • The Colonial Players, Inc. • 108 East Street • Annapolis, MD 21401 • Phone: 410-268-7373