As a college student in 1976, Bob Frame first learned about the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) when his college production participated in the organization's annual festival competition. The following year, Frame was stage managing the entire festival. That was the beginning of a long-standing relationship with the association.
Last month, Frame, who is director of theatre operations at Cayuga Community College, was elected to a two-year term as president of the association. He will be responsible for overseeing the board and the operations of the association as well as communicating with the more than 50 non-professional theaters throughout the state. He will also represent the association on regional and national community theatre association boards relying on the contacts he made last summer as technical director for the national theatre festival held in Rochester.
Upon being elected Frame stated that one of his goals is to solidify the importance of TANYS to local community theaters and work to create strong advocacy relationships with them.
Among the association's key events are the roving adjudicator program, an opportunity for groups to hear constructive, objective feedback about their production by a guest adjudicator, and the yearly festival, an invite-only event that brings together the best productions from across the state for a weekend showcase of performances.
"I hope to institute a series of educational workshops presented by TANYS to be held in various regions around the state," Frame said.
In his 35 years of involvement with TANYS, Frame has held various positions, including technical director of the festival from 1991 to 2007, an adjudicator since 1993, and a member of the Board of Directors since 1997. He has also been actively involved with the Auburn Players Community Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Skaneateles Summer Theatre, Auburn Public Theatre, and Harms Theatre Festival.
At this year's TANYS Festival, Frame and his students won several recognitions, including Outstanding Set Design for "Therapy" and the People's Choice Award for Outstanding Performance to his daughter, Alicia Frame, for her performance in "Therapy."
Last spring's Harlequin Production of "When I Come To My Senses, I'm Alive!" with scenic design by Robert John Andrusko, won Best Overall Design in the BMI Supply Inc. Design Exhibition and Competition.
At Cayuga, Frame teaches courses on lighting, basic acting, introduction to theatre, stagecraft, creating a character, and he is the producer and director of Harlequin Productions, the College drama club. He is the president of the Administrative Professionals union and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including TANYS Mary Eva Duthie Award for outstanding contribution to theater in New York State and the College Student Senate's award for Excellence in Teaching.