Burien Council Names Citizen Award Winners for 2011; Awards Will Be Mar. 4

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Maggie Larrick, left, and Eric Dickman, will do just about anything to promote Burien Little Theatre, like walking the 4th of July parade route in heels, passing out fliers. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

by Ralph Nichols

Maggie Larrick and Eric Dickman were voted recipients of the 2011 Burien community leaders award by the city council on Feb. 7.

For the past six seasons, Larrick and Dickman have been the driving force behind the Burien Little Theatre to create a strong, viable theatrical organization.

They are working as volunteers to bring quality live theater to Burien and the surrounding Highline area.

Larrick, the managing director of the BLT, is a former editor and writer for community newspapers in Seattle and earlier in Burien. An attorney who practices maritime law, Dickman is artistic director of the theatre.

Beyond the stage lights, they are married in real life.

They also provide light and sound support for other staged events in Burien, train Highline School District students to work as interns with the BLT, use local choreographers to stage their shows, helped bring Shakespeare-in-the-Park to Burien, partner with Theatro – a local Latino drama group, and lead efforts to raise funds and donate BLT proceeds for Hospitality House, Transform Burien and local food banks.

Debra George, right, with Jeff Kearney.

Voted business leader of the year was Debra George, who was the first executive director of Discover Burien. She currently manages Burien’s Farmers Market and plans and produces other special events for the downtown organization.

George is also involved in other efforts to market Burien and business opportunities in the city beyond the Highline area, and is co-owner of the Mark Restaurant in Olde Burien.

Michael Stein-Ross, who teaches at St. Francis of Assisi School in Seahurst, is education leader of the year. He is currently teaching his students to build a rain garden in the school lawn facing SW 152nd St., and wants it to be a demonstration rain garden for Burien residents.

Environmental leader of the year is Brooks Stanfield, organizer of the Bike Rodeo at the 2010 Burien Wild Strawberry Festival. He is active in increasing awareness of bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation in Burien.

The recipients will be honored at Burien’s annual awards dinner on Friday, March 4, at 8:15 p.m. The event, which is organized by Discover Burien and will include a silent auction, will be at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. S.W.

Burien’s first citizen awards were presented in 2003 when the city commemorated 10 years of incorporation. They have been presented annually since then.

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10 Responses to “Burien Council Names Citizen Award Winners for 2011; Awards Will Be Mar. 4”
  1. Jane L. A says:

    Congratulations to Debra. She works tirelessly for Burien. She is everywhere.. And it reminds me what a wonderful community of people we have in Discover Burien…

  2. Russ Kay says:

    As an actor who has been fortunate to be cast several times in BLT productions I can honestly say Eric & Maggie have committed their lives to the success of BLT. Having been exposed to many theatre companies locally and in other parts of the U.S., I have never seen two people work so hard. Not only are they passionate about BLT but also Burien and how theatre and the art’s (which comes in many forms) makes a community thrive both economically and by enriching our lives. Congratulations to them, they truly deserve it. Go see a show at BLT, you have no idea what you’ve been missing.

  3. jeanette says:

    Congratulations Debra! You deserver that you are such a hard woking person always doing something for the community .And she has that special heart for the special needs people what a beautiful person, Thanks Debra for all you do for the Burien community.

  4. Congrats to all the winners!

    Burien Little Theatre is a true Burien gem thanks to the hard work by Maggie and Eric.

    I cannot express enough thanks to Debra for all that she does for Discover Burien and the Burien Community. She has done so much work behind the scenes for this community.

    Way to go Brooks for all that you have done for the local bicycle community. Great work on the Bike Rodeo – inspiration to all of us.


  5. Julie says:

    Nothing says American values like a guy in a feather boa and stockings at a 4th of July parade!

  6. Boomer C. says:

    Congratulations to the awards winners!

    I esp would like to congratulate Maggie and Eric on their much-deserved notice as Burien Community leaders. Talk about “driving force”! It doesn’t begin to describe how hard these two work–every day–on behalf of Burien Little Theatre and its community of friends, supporters and patrons.

    Thanks to their efforts over the past several years, BLT has steadily gained notice, acclaim and theatergoers eager to experience great regional theater.

    Bravo, Eric and Maggie; Burien Little Theatre wouldn’t be what it is without you!

  7. mark early says:

    Congratulations to Maggie, Eric and the BLT community on a richly deserved award from the Burien community. We hope in the near future to be able to send our contribution for a BLT building fund capital campaign in their honor !

    Laugh, or cry, your audience is never seen yawning, always an interesting show!

    All the best.

  8. Geni Hawkins says:

    The award for Burien Little Theatre is well deserved. It’s easy for a small regional theatre like BLT to simply continue to do the same sorts of plays and musicals that one could see anywhere else, the plays everyone is familiar with, and kudos to those organizations that continue to supply that need. But it needs to be recognized that there is also an audience out there that wants challenging material, fresh material. It’s extraordinarily difficult to keep a theatre viable without the familiar older material – the “comfort food” of the arts – yet Maggie and Eric manage to do just that.

    Many people don’t have a concept of the immense work it takes to run a small theatre company. Sets have to be built, materials purchased, space leased, rights paid for, insurance, etc., etc. And all of that is without even beginning to think about the artistic side, which, after all, is what theatre is all about. It takes everything from buying toner for the copiers to purchasing feather boas. To accomplish what they have done with the infinitesimally tiny resources they have available is truly worthy of applause.

  9. Geni Hawkins says:

    …oh, and Eric has great legs. 😉

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