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Hall of Fame

logo_bluemasque.jpgWe are excited to host a very special, 10th Anniversary Edition of the Annual Blue Masque Hall of Fame ceremony and reception.

The purpose of the Catawba College Blue Masque Hall of Fame is to recognize and perpetuate the noteworthy theatre tradition of Catawba College by honoring and memorializing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to this tradition.

2017 Inductees

In 2017, Catawba inducted three theatre professionals and a beloved Catawba professor into a special 10th Anniversary Blue Masque Hall of Fame celebration.

2017 inductees include: Ralph Leonard Roberts, Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatre, film, and television actor; John Daniel Harris, theatre management professional for over thirty years; Craig Grigg, designer and fabricator of specialty props for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatre, television, film, and dance; and Janice Fuller, poet, long-time Catawba Writer-in-Residence, and English professor.

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Ralph Leonard

John Daniel Harris

Craig Grigg

Janice Fuller


Ralph Leonard Roberts was born in Salisbury and attended Catawba College in the late 1930’s. Roberts’ began his long running professional acting career when he made his Broadway debut in the 1948 revival of Angel Street. To help finance his acting passion, Roberts’ also became a masseur, with a clientele largely made up of actors and actresses. Marilyn Monroe was a client and close friend.

John Daniel Harris received his Catawba theatre arts degree in 1982.  Afterward graduation, he moved professionally from production technical director to stage director of musicals and operas. Harris was the former CEO of Virginia Scenic, one of the premier scenic studios for opera, until he sold that business, and has served as chief operations officer at the Castleton Festival in Virginia.

Craig Grigg, a proud member of the Honors program while at Catawba, earned his B.A. degree in theatre with minors in English and German. His Broadway designs have been seen in more than sixty productions, beginning in 1997. These include Finding Neverland, Cabaret, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Kinky Boots, The Addams Family, Harvey, Cripple of Inishmaan, and Blithe Spirit, among many others.

Janice Fuller grew up in Salisbury, before earning degrees in English at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Recently retired from the Catawba English Department, Fuller’s work as a poet has brought her wide acclaim. An avid supporter of the Blue Masque, several of Fuller’s plays were first produced at Catawba in collaboration with Theatre arts faculty and students.

Tickets to this year’s ceremony and reception are $30 each. At 7:30 p.m., immediately preceding the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, current and former Catawba College theater arts students will present a talent showcase. Admission includes the showcase.


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